Ascent of Chestnut Bald on 2008-12-23

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Chestnut Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5976 ft / 1821 m

Ascent Trip Report

The faint trail to the summit begins on the north/northeast side of the mountain. It started out as being pretty easy...not much brush in the way. Around 5,976' the fir trees got amazingly dense and practically impassible. Perhaps there is a better way to the summit but I was strapped for time so I headed back down to the MST.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Route:Flat Laurel Creek/MST
    Trailhead:Sam Knob  
    Time Up:4 Hours 9 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Sam Knob Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sam Knob2008-12-23
2Devils Courthouse2008-12-23
3(Attempt) Chestnut Bald2008-12-23

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