Ascent of Craggy Gardens on 2018-09-20

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Craggy Gardens
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5680 ft / 1731 m

Ascent Trip Report

One of the three (or four if you count Craggy Knob) Craggy Mountain peaks on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the NE of Asheville.

From the Craggy Gardens Visitors Center parking lot, head up the Craggy Gardens trail to the open balds on top, with patches of huge rhododendron bushes clustered together. Best views are to the north and east. The area is well traveled and there are numerous side tracks that crisscross the top. Take some time to explore the area and if you feel adventurous you can head south down the ridge to the unranked Craggy Knob (no views).

Located the high point in a small grassy area surrounded by 7-8 foot high rhododendrons. No discernible BM.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and and Mild temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot off main road  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Open Country to maintained Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at Trails End  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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