Ascent of Marks Knob on 2020-07-24

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Friday, July 24, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Marks Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6169 ft / 1880 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bagged as part of SB6K challenge.

I was pretty nervous about this one, considering how far it is off trail, but I was relieved to discover the trip out to the peak is actually rather pleasant. When hiking the Balsam Mountain Trail, about a half mile or so from when it meets the AT, there is a sharp "V" in the trail that points southward. From here leave the trail where you will pick up the obvious decommissioned Hyatt Ridge Trail. I followed this until the enormous blowdowns simply became too much of a pain to crawl over, so I left the trail and bushwhacked up to the ridge line. Turning right and heading south, there is a clear manway that traces the ridgeline until it arrives at the summit. The summit itself is marked by a large cairn stacked onto a downed tree. Took about 1.25 hours to get out and 1 hour to return.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1744 ft / 531 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1744 ft / 531 m
    Route:Balsam Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Balsam Mountain Trail   4425 ft / 1348 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Eastern Smokies SB6K (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Luftee Knob2020-07-241809 ft / 551 m
2Marks Knob2020-07-241744 ft / 532 m
3Mount Hardison2020-07-241709 ft / 521 m
4Mount Yonaguska2020-07-241753 ft / 534 m
5Mount Chapman2020-07-25497 ft / 151 m
6Old Troublesome2020-07-2525 ft / 8 m
7Mount Sequoyah2020-07-2583 ft / 25 m
8Big Cataloochee Mountain2020-07-26555 ft / 169 m
Total Trip Gain: 8175 ft / 2491 m

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