Ascent of Craggy Gardens on 2018-09-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, September 20, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||5680 ft / 1731 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOne 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
| 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|
| 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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