Ascent of Cold Mountain on 2020-08-16

Climber: Garth Brown

Date:Sunday, August 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cold Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6030 ft / 1837 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had limited time today, but really wanted to get in a SB6K peak, so I went with Cold Mt. I looked at the trail starting at the Daniel Boone Scout Camp and expected it to be similar to Alum Cave up LeConte in steepness and distance. I actually thought this was a bit harder, likely as the trail is not as in as good of shape as Alum, which so many people do. Anyway, overall it was not in bad shape. I started before dawn and did the first hour in the dark with headlamp. I made it up to the summit, but unfortunately, the fog in the area had not burned off, so I had no view. (I really look forward to doing the other peaks in the area so I can see the view.) On the way down, it finally cleared up, but by then I was in the trees.
One note on this trail. About 1/3 of the way up to Deep gap, you are actually on an old road for a short time. When going up, it’s straightforward, but not as much when coming down. Once on this short stretch of the old road, be sure to take the downhill trail when it shoots off. I was not sure of which way to go and followed the road for about 100 feet and realized it was not the right one. Then I made it on down to the road by Daniel Boone Scout Camp. My GPS said 10.7 miles in just under 5 hours.
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