Ascent of Waterrock Knob on 2009-08-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Waterrock Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6292 ft / 1917 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip is a short maintained trail followed by a rough herd path with some bushwacking.

The approximate distances and particulars for this trip are:
0.00mi --- TH at the Waterrock Information Center, elev 5718', BRP Mile 451.2, south of Soco Gap and West of Waynesville
0.60mi --- Waterrock Knob, elev 6292', rocky partially wooded summit with an excellent overlook, geodetic survey marker, accessed by a maintained trail.
0.90mi --- Browning Knob, elev 6040', bronze plaque for Getty Browning, open to the south. Rough herd path from Waterrock Knob.
2.20mi --- Lyn Lowry, elev 6240', private wooded summit with no views, nearby is a tall Memorial Cross with views to the East and a geodetic survey marker. Rough herd path from Browning Knob.
4.40mi --- Return the same way to Waterrock Information Center.

From the TH the maintained trail climbs to Waterrock Knob steeply at places ........ to the left (east) of the summit you'll see the start of a herd path that drops and heads East on the ridge, over Browning Knob and over a number of bumps on the way to Lyn Lowry. The path with some blue flags is good in the heavy wooded areas but grossly overgrown in the open grassy areas .... not obvious and hard to follow. The overgrown sections are mostly rasberry bushes, semi-bushwack and steep at places, tough slow going, I got completely soaked from the overnight rain.
Dress properly, I wasn't and got cut up pretty good.

About half a mile past Browning Knob the path arrives a very defined Y junction at the top of a bump. Avoid the left as it follows a north ridge, stay right (straight ahead).
Further on about half a mile before Lyn Lowry the herd path encounters another Y junction, don't go right (it lead me to a bulldozed flat area and a private cottage). Stay left as the path drops below the ridge, further on it climbs back up to the ridge ........ at an open area with a service road, manicured grass, trailor, picnic table, lawn mower and a wooden observation platform signed "No Tresspassing". It has a "For Sale" Reality sign. Perhaps one can hike the service road to this spot.

A good path left of the observation platform climbs the ridge to the Lyn Lowry summit ..... a steel pipe in a concrete pad marks the spot.
Continue on the ridge a few hundred feet or so, a maintained grass service road parallels the path (below and to the right), and arrive at the tall fenced-in Memorial Cross. It faces to the east, a bronze plaque for 15 year old Lyn Lowry, geodetic survey marker, the herd path for Plott Balsam continues at the northwest corner of the fenced-in area.

Allow a lot of time and dress for a bushwack. The 4.4 mile RT took me 4 1/2 hours.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:574 ft / 175 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:574 ft / 175 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:trail from brp waterrock info center
    Trailhead:brp mile 451.2, waterrock information center,  5718 ft / 1742 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:herd path to browning knob
Ascent Part of Trip: Lyn Lowry

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Waterrock Knob2009-08-15 a
2Browning Knob2009-08-15 b
3Mount Lyn Lowry2009-08-15 c
4Browning Knob2009-08-15 d
5Waterrock Knob2009-08-15 e

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