Ascent of Flint Mountain on 2020-03-28

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Saturday, March 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flint Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:4360 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started from Devils Fork Gap and there were only 3 cars there on a beautiful spring day. Tons of Spring Beauties blooming on the trail. I hiked to Flint Mtn shelter and saw the obvious forest road across from the shelter that Shannon Dillmore mentioned in his TR. This road gains the north ridge and then ends at 3,900'. If you keep hiking to the ridgeline proper you'll see another, very steep, forest road that heads straight up the mountain to the southeast. I followed this road all the way to the upper ridgeline. Following the road is a bit better than bushwhacking, not because it's less steep but because it's fairly clear of vegetation. It's pretty clear to the summit from here. I decided to try a shortcut and follow the ridge southwest so I wouldn't have to backtrack. I wouldn't recommend this route. There isn't one single thing that makes this route's a combination of things. Incessant rocks, mini-ledges, rhodo/laurel and briers make the route finding slow-going.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeff Rinehart
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