Ascent of Rabun Bald on 2012-06-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rabun Bald
    Elevation:4696 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 4 drive up County HPs finally a hike. We parked at Beegum Gap and ascended the Bartram Trail. It is steep in places but a well maintained class 1+ trail. At the top there is a 20 foot stone tower that affords great views of all the surrounding mountains and wilderness. One of the better views in GA. Nice CHP and hike. Great tower with lots of room and we had it to ourselves. Then Karen and I went off to climb another peak on the GA 4k list and headed down the south ridge line.

Geology and Flora Notes: Found many interesting rocks loaded with micas (large flakes of muscovite and smaller flakes of biotite). Some were granitic igneous and others metamorphic shistz. The igneous rocks were very black with biotite and other dark minerals like hornblende. 1.2 miles to summit with small camp site with many rocks at 0.7 miles of peak.

Left car: 10:43 AM
Summitted: 11:27
Left Summitt 11:42
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1066 ft / 325 m
    Elevation Loss:1016 ft / 310 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1+ steep
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
beautiful weather and 68F
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1066 ft / 325 m
    Extra Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Bartram Tr
    Trailhead:Beegum Gap  3650 ft / 1112 m
    Time Up:44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:996 ft / 304 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Batram Tr
    Trailhead:Saltrock Gap  3700 ft / 1127 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Rabun

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rabun Bald2012-06-03 b
2Flat Top2012-06-03 c
3Flint Knob East2012-06-03 d
4Rabun Bald2012-06-03 e
5Chimneytop Mountain2012-06-03 f
6Brasstown Bald2012-06-03 g

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