Ascent of Grassy Ridge on 2017-04-22

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Ridge
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Grassy Ridge is the 9th highest named highpoint in Georgia. I made the mistake of starting my climb east of Patterson Gap where my GPS showed I was at the closest the road could get me to the summit (34.97262 N 83.47540 W), but I had to climb up a steep slope which fortunately had been burned recently, so the bushwhacking was easy. In just 7 minutes, however, I intersected a road that made travel easier. This is the road I could have taken from Patterson Gap. I followed the road on the east side of Grassy Ridge until I was actually traveling away from the summit. When the grade allowed, I started bushwhacking west up to the ridgeline north of Grassy Ridge's summit, made easier by the recent forest fire, and then followed an intermittent trail south to the top, indicated with a red stake in the ground surrounded by a small cairn. I reached the summit at 10:48 AM after climbing 1 hour and 24 minutes. I started back for the car at 11:03 AM and reached the road again at 11:44 AM. This time I followed the road all the way back to Patterson Gap at 34.96983 N 83.47713 W. Of course, my car was parked to the east, so I had a bit of a hike left to reach it at 12:20 PM. My entire descent distance was 1.75 miles, but it would have probably been 1/2 mile shorter if I had parked at Patterson Gap in the first place. All in all an enjoyable climb, but not much of a view through the trees. The most surprising discovery was a modern toilet laying in a gully a long way from the nearest accessible road. The only way it could have been brought there was if someone had carried it! It just did not make any sense!! I mean, I have heard of bringing the "kitchen sink", but an entire modern toilet? Maybe it was deposited by a tornado.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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