Ascent of Plott Balsam Mountain on 2020-08-30

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Sunday, August 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plott Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6088 ft / 1855 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bagged as part of SB6K challenge. See my 8/30/20 ascent of Waterrock Knob for the full trip report.

From a large clearing at the foot of the summit, a "gate" of sorts is formed by flagging tape wrapped around two trees. The manway to the top is super obvious (one of the most obvious of the SB6K in fact). It's steep at first, but levels out quickly. It briefly skirts a bit of a precarious cliff.

The summit is obvious and has a large boulder to mark it, as well as a NPS benchmark that appears to be fairly new. It's very quiet up here and you can hardly hear the Parkway below. Took a short break here before we turned around back to the parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:268 ft / 81 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:268 ft / 81 m
    Route:Plott Balsams Trail
    Start Trailhead:Waterrock Knob Overlook  5820 ft / 1773 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Plott Balsams Traverse

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Yellow Face2020-08-30212 ft / 65 m
2Waterrock Knob2020-08-30472 ft / 144 m
3Browning Knob2020-08-30420 ft / 128 m
4Mount Lyn Lowry2020-08-30420 ft / 128 m
5Plott Balsam Mountain2020-08-30268 ft / 82 m
6Fork Ridge2020-08-30140 ft / 43 m
Total Trip Gain: 1932 ft / 590 m

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