Ascent of Waterrock Knob on 2008-06-28

Climber: Brian Stansberry

Date:Saturday, June 28, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Waterrock Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6292 ft / 1917 m

Ascent Trip Report

A leisurely half-mile uphill stroll (but don't tell that to the occasional whiny non-hiker tourist you'll pass along the way). A short road connects the Waterrock Knob Overlook with the Blue Ridge Parkway, appx. 10 miles (15 km) from Soco Gap on US-19 and 20 miles or so from Balsam Gap on US-23. A half-mile trail then connects the overlook with the summit. There is a benchmark at the summit. The view isn't panoramic, but various short spurs lead to cliff-side overlooks adjacent to the summit.

The unmaintained trail to Lyn Lowry looked well-beaten relative to other manways I've encountered in Southern Appalachia, although rumbles of thunder nixed my attempt at this one.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Waterrock Knob Trail
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km

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