Ascent of Little Bearwallow Mountain on 2019-06-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 4, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Little Bearwallow Mountain|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||3963 ft / 1207 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTried to summit this peak two different ways. The first way was up the well maintained and beautiful Wildcat Rock Trail from the Florence Nature Preserve Parking Lot just south of Gerton, NC on Highway 74-A. I made it part of the way but had to turn back. If you want to know why, email me for details.
The second attempt on the same day was a bushwhack down from the summit of of Bearwallow Mountain to the northeast. I hear there are plans to eventually build a trail to connect the two peaks. For now, the route I took followed a number of cow trails down from Bearwallow Mountain around rock faces and some pretty impressive rock ledges to an open gap.
Unfortunately the views here are limited in Summer. I continued up an old man way on the County line to the partially open summit of Little Bearwallow Mountain. Views were limited here as well. Probably better in Fall and Winter. From here you can descend steeply down Wildcat Rock Trail to the highway or re-trace your steps up to the peak of Bearwallow Mountain. I chose the latter. Do not trust the topo maps on this trek. Slight drops on the map are actually sheer drop offs in certain areas and the last .5 mile back to Bearwallow Mountain's summit was much more challenging than expected.
I am continually amazed at how cattle can blaze trail better than most humans do. Just following their often muddy paths often leads you to the destination in a quicker, easier and more efficient manner than man made (or even worse - jeep track) trails and roads. We need to give these bovine friends more respect.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||570 ft / 173 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||570 ft / 173 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||6.5 mi / 10.5 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||570 ft / 173 m|
| Distance:||4.2 mi / 6.8 km|
| Route:||Bushwack from Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Pull off on Maintained Road 3393 ft / 1034 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 55 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||570 ft / 173 m|
| Distance:||2.3 mi / 3.7 km|
| Route:||Bushwhack to Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Pull off on Maintained Road 3393 ft / 1034 m|
| Time:||50 Minutes|
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