Ascent of Signal Bald on 2019-08-07

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Signal Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5240 ft / 1597 m

Ascent Trip Report

3rd in a series of peaks in an climb to County Corner Point. I declined the short walk to Potrock due due to the time of day and my long trip back to Huntersville. perhaps another time in the future!

From the lofty Tusquitee Bald, Signal Bald is close but deceivingly hard to find among more deadfall and thick brush. I had researched from other reports the tough trudge to the Signal Bald summit depending on where you approach it. It was hard and in August, every plant was growing and blooming.

Like Randy and Tom, I found the manway that led (although somewhat rahshly) to a summit very near Tusquitee Bald with some views obscured by the summer foliage. Did not find the stone and BM (5246 feet) despite multiple walks around the "summit". I am sure it is there, but with all plants and grasses at high length, I can understand why I could not locate it. I call it a tigh on the elevation of Tusquitee and Signal :). I clawed my way back to the main trail for the final ascent to Peak 5149 and County Corner Point.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Bushwack from Trail
    Start Trailhead:Tusquitee Bald Summit  5200 ft / 1584 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Bushwhack to Trail
    End Trailhead:Maintained Trail  5200 ft / 1584 m
    Time:10 Minutes

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