Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2020-07-22

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craggy Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bagged as part of SB6K challenge.

Started at Walker Knob Overlook and heading SW on the MST. For about 4 miles or so, the MST weaves around the high crest of the Great Craggy Mountains, passing through an incredible display of the insane diversity of plant life that can be found in the Southern Appalachians. Just past Greybeard Overlook, I followed the MST a short distance to the manway to the top. Even in the summer growth months, the manway is obvious. It's to the left right before the MST breaks out onto the open road of the Parkway. The manway is overgrown in a few spots and thus devolves into a quasi-bushwhack of sorts, but it's nothing to terrible. It is very steep though and you really gotta watch you footing in wet weather. The summit is large a flat area with a lot of tall bushes growing on it. There are two possible high points - The first is a large rock outcropping directly in front of you right after you pop out onto the summit. The other is thirty-ish feet past this and to the right, and is marked by a metal pole that got yanked out of the ground and is just laying on the bushes. The manway terminates just past this point. Fantastic views from the top that are comparable to Craggy Pinnacle, minus the crowds. Easily one of my favorite NC summits. Returned via a Parkway walk, passing some the most dramatic views in all of WNC along the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:760 ft / 231 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Got rained on about halfway to the summit, weather cleared up after that
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:760 ft / 231 m
    Route:Mountains-to-Sea Trail
    Start Trailhead:Walker Knob Overlook  5320 ft / 1621 m
Descent Statistics

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