Ascent of Horsetrough Mountain on 2008-03-22
|Date:||Saturday, March 22, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4040 ft / 1231 m|
Ascent Trip ReportYet another one of Georgia's 4000' peaks requiring bushwhacking to react the summit. The hike is moderately difficult from Jack's Gap to the AT, then fairly easy walking south. It becomes a real challenge once you leave the trail. The lower portion of the mountain is clogged with briers, which shredded my legs nicely. Once you gain higher elevation, the briers thin out a bit but are replaced with thick laurel and rhododendron. There is a pretty neat saddle position along the top ridge where the brush was very sparse and it was evident that Turkeys or Hogs had rooted around on the leafy floor. The summit barely has a winter view and surely has none in the summer. To prevent a return trip through briars, I plunged down the mountainside closest to the AT and struggled down over granite slabs hidden by leaves, the slope so steep that I grabbed trees to slow my downward momentum. Nice, tough hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1080 ft / 329 m|
| Route:||Bushwhack via AT via Jack's Knob Trail|
| Trailhead:||Jack's Gap 2960 ft / 902 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Clear|
| Time Up:||0 Days 2 Hours 31 Minutes|
| Time Down:||0 Days 2 Hours 5 Minutes|
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