Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2018-09-20

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craggy Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

This a real bear of a hike, but the views from on top make it worthwhile.

From Graybeard Overlook on the BRP, head west on the Mountains to Sea trail for about 100 yards in the woods parallel to the Parkway. To your left you will sea man way crossing over a bank and up the ridge of the mountain. The trail is fairly easy to follow, but at times can be quite overgrown. I would recommend GPS for sure. As you continue to climb, the trail turns more into a gully and the pitch becomes much steeper.

At about .4 miles you will reach a rocky summit. From here you will receive your reward for thrashing about in underbrush. The views of Graybeard, the Seven Sisters and the western Black Mountains are spectacular. The day I was up there, it was especially nice as clouds gave way to bright sunshine. Never found the rusty post mentioned by Tom Layton though. The summit is quite overgrown, so aside from the rock ledge not much fun to explore. Careful on the way down as the footing can be slippery especially after a rain shower. However, the views make it worth a stop or two along the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:462 ft / 140 m
    Total Elevation Loss:462 ft / 140 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
partly Cloudy with low hanging clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:462 ft / 140 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Unmaintained Road, Open Country and Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  5618 ft / 1712 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:462 ft / 140 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:unmaintained trail, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at Trail End  5618 ft / 1712 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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