Ascent of Beech Mountain on 2018-11-07
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 7, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||5480 ft / 1670 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA formidable peak - not the climb, but more the logistics. However, the payoff in terms of views is worth it.
Unless you own or have access to the Land of Oz there are limited options for getting to the to the top of the pinnacle rocks at the summit. Couple of pointers:
1. DO NOT try to access the rocks from curvy Skiloft Road. After winding my way up a series a 180 degree steep hairpin switchbacks, I encountered a pylon and a very angry homeowner who did not take any pity on a hiker trying to summit and take a few pictures. Let's just say the only sentence I got out in full was "Yes, I am leaving now." If I had been granted permission to park at the top, that would have put me within 300 yards of the summit. And the slow winding reverse down the road almost wore out my brakes and my nervous system.
2. Previous reports have recommended taking Summer Road off of NC 184 to the summit. Bad news. You will get about 50 yards and then there is a gate with scary signs warning not to trespass.
However, if you set your GPS to the Emerald Outback Trailhead on North Pinnacle Ridge Road, you will find a parking lot and the trailhead for a series of paths maintained by the Town of Beech Mountain. The western sub peak affords some tremendous views to the south and west. Definitely worth a day trip (or two).
None of these go to the summit of Beech Mountain, but one trail will get you close to where you can bushwhack to the top of the boulders at the HP. Remember you are on private property, so do not take any keepsake yellow bricks home with you!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.3 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Clear and Calm day
| Gain on way in:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Distance:||0.8 mi / 1.3 km|
| Route:||Road Walk, Maintained Trail, Rock Scramble|
| Start Trailhead:||Pull off on Maintained Road 5234 ft / 1595 m|
| Time:||50 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Route:||Rock Scramble, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack and Roa|
| End Trailhead:||Pull off on Maintained Road 5234 ft / 1595 m|
| Time:||15 Minutes|
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