Ascent of Big Yellow Mountain on 2018-07-14

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Yellow Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5440 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

Big Yellow Mountain is a picturesque open bald on a side trail from the AT that starts at the top of the ridge between Big Yellow Mountain Gap and Little Hump Mountain. Having grown up going there for 47 years, it is a very special place to me. A slice of heaven on earth. My Mother has lived on the mountain since 1991.

There are 3 official ways to access the summit: (1) heading south on the AT from Little Hump Mountain; (2) heading north on the AT from Carver's Gap; and (3) the route up from Roaring Creek.

The latter route is the shortest at about a 6.2 to 6.8 miles total trip (depending on how much you wander around the bald, its cliffs and the southern subpeak). Tom Layton's post gives an excellent description of the Roaring Gap route and the views on top of the Mountain. On a good day, you can see a treasure trove of surrounding peaks in NC and TN.

The actual HP is just north of the highest part of the bald near a rock outcrop on the NE side of the ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1580 ft / 481 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1580 ft / 481 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and and Mild temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1480 ft / 451 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1380 ft / 421 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Road Hike, maintained and unmaintained trails
    Start Trailhead:Pull off at Trail End  4060 ft / 1237 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1480 ft / 451 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1380 ft / 421 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Unmaintained Trail, Unmaintained Road
    End Trailhead:Pull off at Trail Head  4060 ft / 1237 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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