Ascent of Grassy Ridge Bald on 2012-08-23
|Others in Party:||Todd Callaghan|
|Date:||Thursday, August 23, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Grassy Ridge Bald|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6160 ft / 1877 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom Roan Mountain we descended to Carvers Gap (5,512’) and headed out for the longest run of the day. It was sunny but we were nearly surrounded by rain showers. Our goal was Grassy Ridge Bald which was the high point on the ridge and the entire run would be on a grassy bald (a wide open area with spectacular views). We kept a steady pace on this run and maybe upped the tempo a bit after we heard some grumbles of thunder and saw a lightning strike in the distance. The view was fantastic and the footy was mostly great. We crossed over Round Bald (5,826’) and Jane Bald (5,807’) on the way to Grassy Ridge Bald (6,160’). The two hundred foot drop/climb between Round Bald and Jane Bald seemed tougher on the way back. We completed the round trip in 56:25 (29:41/26:44) and got back to the car before any real rain fell. That concluded our peak bagging for day one and we headed to Linville Falls for some pizza and sleep. Grassy Bald is the 7th highest county high point in NC and the 9th highest county hp on the AT.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||648 ft / 197 m|
| Distance:||6 mi / 9.7 km|
| Trailhead:||Carvers Gap 5512 ft / 1680 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Time Up:||29 Minutes|
| Time Down:||26 Minutes|
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