Ascent of Chestnut Bald on 2009-08-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, August 17, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chestnut Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate trail hike followed by a short climb on a herd path.

The TH for Chestnut Bald and Sivermine Bald is somewhat obscure, it is located at BRP Mile 421.4 at a hairpin curve. There is a small tight parking for a few cars on the southside of the Parkway.
The Art Loeb Trail (posted) comes out of the woods at this parking, crosses the Parkway and re-enters the woods about 100 feet west. It climbs a steep ridge (with about 20 switchbacks) to a main trail junction on the Chestnut/Sivermine ridge ....... 3 US Forestery Post Markers, the MTS Trail comes in from the left (West) and continues to the right (East) with the Art Loeb Trail.

For Chestnut Bald turn left (West) at this main trail junction, sb on the MTS Trail, drop to a shallow col before climbing to a sharp turn to the right (the trail continues on the flat traversing the flank of Chestnut Bald below its summit).
As you arrive at this sharp turn (you a rewarded with 2 super lookouts to the left) straight ahead is a good herd path, pink flagged, to the wooded summit ....the high point is obvious however not accessible due to the dense blowdown, no views, 1 hour RT from the BRP.

For Silvermine Bald turn right (East) at this main trail junction, nb on the MTS/Art Loeb Trails for a short distance to the high point to the left of the trail. Look for and bushwack to the higher ground. This Hike adds a total of 30 minutes to the Chestnut Bald Hike.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:700 ft / 212 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:700 ft / 212 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:art loeb tr/mts tr sb/herd path from brp mile 421.
    Trailhead:brp hairpin curve mile 421.4  5500 ft / 1676 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:mts trail nb to Silvermine
Ascent Part of Trip: chestnut bald

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Chestnut Bald2009-08-17 b
2Silvermine Bald2009-08-17 c

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