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Ascent of Roan High Knob on 2012-08-23

Climber: Dave Dunham

Date:Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Roan High Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6285 ft / 1915 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had a longish drive after Green Knob, mixing it up with some driving on the Parkway then heading north to the border of Tennessee. We parked at nearly the top of Roan Mountain and with 10’ of climb we were on the top of “Cloudland Mountain”. It isn’t really recognized as a separate peak due to it not being much higher than the peaks around it. There were ruins from an old Hotel on the top. We just ran through as our goal was Roan High Knob. We dropped a bit running along a nice easy section of the Appalachian trail, then had a little climb of a little over 100’ to the highest hut on the AT. It was COVERED in flies; Todd mentioned “Amityville Horror” and it seemed appropriate. We didn’t stay near the hut and zipped on up through the open woods to the 6,285’ summit rocks. There wasn’t a view but the woods were interesting, we got a couple of pictures and headed back to the parking lot. Our round trip took just under 20 minutes (19:33). Roan High Knob is the 3rd most prominent peak in the southeast USA and the 7th highest county high point that the AT crosses.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:285 ft / 86 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:AT
    Trailhead:Upper Parking lot  6200 ft / 1889 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail



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