Ascent of Roan High Knob on 2020-07-18

Climber: Garth Brown

Date:Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Roan High Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6285 ft / 1915 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wanted to hit all three of the 6,000’s in this area. Got to Carver’s gap about 7:40 AM and was surprised that the parking was almost full, but I did not see anyone else. (Turns out that it was likely most of the people camping on the Balds or AT section hikers.)

Left Carver’s gap and headed south on AT. Got to split for the shelter, but decided to hit Roan High Knob on the way back so I kept south on the AT. Got to the split by the parking lot to head over to Roan High cliffs. I was there early so no cars were in the parking lot. I could see how later in the day and on a weekend, it would be a zoo. Walked the road over to the Cloudland trail to get to Roan High bluff. Once at Roan High Bluff, I had to actually go past the warning due to repair of the vegetation to snag the peak and the benchmark.

I then headed back to the AT and north. Near the summit of Roan High Knob, I was looking for a manway/clear bushwack for the summit but did not find one. I then just took the trail to the shelter and the summit is about 100 feet from the shelter. I would not advise the bushwack when the trail is right there and short.

I then headed back to Carvers Gap on the AT. By that time, it was packed and the trail was something almost like pictures of the Hillary Step on Everest. Lots of people out to get just to the balds. I kept going until the trail spur to Grassy Ridge Bald. That was straightward with some narrow sections when you are passing people. Made it to the summit, took the picture and heading back to Carver’s Gap. When I got back about noon, it was a zoo at this point.

All told, less than 4 hours total with 11.4 miles (by SB6K & 11.8 by GPS). The section to Grassy Ridge Bald was harder than I expected after the other peaks. Looking at the profile, I think it was due to the ups and downs. The first part was climbing and more level.
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Strava from Watch (2020-07-18). Photo by Garth Brown.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:773 ft / 235 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:773 ft / 235 m
    Start Trailhead:Carver's Gap  5512 ft / 1680 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Garth Brown
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Other Photos

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Elivation Profile (2020-07-18). Photo by Garth Brown.
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the zoo at Carver's Gap (2020-07-18). Photo by Garth Brown.
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Cloudland Trail (2020-07-18). Photo by Garth Brown.
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The benchmark (2020-07-18). Photo by Garth Brown.

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