Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2015-08-22

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Craggy Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Begin at trailhead at the end to FS Road 74 outside the town of Dillingham NC. You won't find Dillingham on any maps or GPS units but it is near Barnardsville, NC. The route is FS Trail 162, the Douglas Falls Trail, a beautiful trail leading past several waterfalls in route to its intersection with the MST. There is plenty of water sources on this trail. Once the MST is reached, turn left (east) and follow the MST until it intersects with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cross the BRP and turn right (southwest) on a unmarked trail which quickly gets steep and very grown in with rhododendrons, blueberries, and briars. It was a wet, unpleasant bash to get to the top. Maybe winter or spring would be better for this hike. I followed the same route down and headed to Craggy Pinnacle via a bushwhack from the north instead of the tourist route from Craggy Gardens. It took a while to find a route through the thick stuff to the Pinnacle.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2501 ft / 761 m
    Elevation Loss:1621 ft / 493 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1/Bushwhack
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2383 ft / 726 m
    Extra Loss:703 ft / 214 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:FS 162 Douglas Falls Trail to MST
    Trailhead:FS 162 Trailhead  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:918 ft / 279 m
    Extra Gain:118 ft / 35 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Trailhead:MST Trail Junction with FS 162  5280 ft / 1609 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Craggys

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Craggy Dome2015-08-22
2Craggy Pinnacle2015-08-22
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Albert Wolff
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