Ascent of Mount Gibbes on 2020-07-09

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Thursday, July 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Gibbes
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6520 ft / 1987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bagged as part of SB6K challenge.

The most obvious route is to ascend the gravel road which ascends from Stepps Gap into the gap between Gibbes and Clingman's Peak, then head left along an overgrown roadbed to the high point. However, other peakbaggers have reported that the road is private property and that they have been stopped by rangers and told ascending via the road is trespassing. I ascended via the road as part of a SB6K loop hike and was not made aware of this until after I had bagged the peak. At no point on the road are there any "no trespassing" or "keep out" signs, but with this knowledge, it is best to gain permission from the property owners before ascending via this route. One can bushwhack from the MST up over Potato Knob or SW up from Stepps Gap, following the State Park-National Forest boundary line.

From the gap between Gibbes and Clingman, I headed left along an overgrown, muddy roadbed past an old shack aptly named "The Hooch". From there an obvious manway leads to the high point which is marked by a benchmark. Spent a good amount of time on the summit admiring the elevation and the silence when compared with the rest of the state park.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Stepps Gap  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Southern Blacks Bag

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Craig2020-07-09 
2Mount Hallback2020-07-09 
3Mount Gibbes2020-07-09 

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