Ascent of Ridgepole Mountain on 2019-11-02

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Saturday, November 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ridgepole Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5043 ft / 1537 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Beech Gap TH and hiked the road to Betty Creek Gap TH to access the AT. There are some beautiful views from the shoulder of Little Ridgepole but none from the summit. The bushwhack is challenging as most of it is through Mountain Laurel. I bushwhacked over the northern false summit and traversed the ridge to the true summit. I returned to the AT via the western aspect and continued on toward Little Bald Knob.

I did this to tick the box and won't be returning.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1293 ft / 394 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1293 ft / 394 m
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:Beech Gap TH  3750 ft / 1143 m
Descent Statistics

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