Ascent of Snake Mountain-North Peak on 2017-11-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Snake Mountain-North Peak
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5518 ft / 1681 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate road/trail hike from Meat Camp Road .... 4 miles, 1150' gain, 2:40 hours RT for both peaks.

I used the route (up and back) from Meat Camp Road (going over Snake Mountain) in Ken Oeser's TR which is still good and is all one needs. This is the descent route shown by the GPS track in Bradley Reese's TR. As we know time has a way of changing access (as is the case here), so I am adding this TR only to update/detail today's TH situation.

Rose and I found our way to Ken's TH - the Meat Camp Road private-driveway across the road from the entrance to the Elk Knob State Park. We parked at the State Park, a very popular place.
The driveway has a locked gate with a "No Trespassing" sign. We were earlier told by a local truck driver (in the xmas tree business) that the Halls no longer live there, "No one lives up there, that's why the road is locked."

I stepped through the wooden fence and climbed the paved-private-driveway west for .25 miles to a switchback to the right (36.33067,81.69968). I went right to the house at 50 yds and found no one home. The house did look abandoned, confirming the truck driver's information.
On the south side of this switchback, just right of the white shed, is the start of Ken's trail to the summit. It climbs south to a height-of-land then bends right (west) to the N-S ridge. It is a moderate climb to the ridge and at this time of year a superb hike - all leaves on the ground except for the oak, great views.

We started our drive back home by finding our way to I-81 Northbound, with the usual plan when driving long distances to bag a few peaks on-route.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:78 ft / 23 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
super sunny day for the woods, great views of the ridges/valleys.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:78 ft / 23 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:ridge tr nb from Snake Mountain
    Start Trailhead:Snake Mountain  5440 ft / 1658 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:55 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: snake

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Snake Mountain2017-11-11 a1060 ft / 323 m
2Snake Mountain-North Peak2017-11-11 b78 ft / 24 m
3Snake Mountain2017-11-11 c120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 1258 ft / 384 m    Total Trip Loss: 1060 ft / 323 m

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