Ascent of Dicks Knob on 2020-11-08

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Sunday, November 8, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dicks Knob
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving: I went west across patterson Gap road to persimmon rd before turning north on Coleman River Rd. It is about 5 miles from the turn onto Coleman River Rd to the trailhead. Stay north and keep left at the sign for Forest Road 54. A little over 2 miles in, you will come to a T-intersection. Stay left. The road becomes much rougher past the T and is probably impassible for passenger vehicles. The trailhead is at the gate for FR 198 (34.95100, -83, 53728). 4WD mandatory.

Hiking: From the gate, just follow FR 198 north. At about the 2 mile mark, FR 198A cuts off to the south and climbs to the summit of Chestnut Mountain. This is worth the short sidetrip on your way down. FR198 ends at the base of Steeltrap Knob (34.97659, -83.52139). There, a faint social trail cuts straight up the slope over Steeltrap and up to the summit of Dicks Knob. This would be miserable in the summer but was decent in the fall. Brambles abound and there were occasional glimpses through the trees toward Carter Gap and Ridgepole Mountain. This was not as challenging as I had feared.

Chestnut Mountain has the best views. and is only an extra 5 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1765 ft / 537 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1765 ft / 537 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1600 ft / 487 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:FR 198
    Start Trailhead:FR 198 Gate  3000 ft / 914 m
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1765 ft / 537 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1600 ft / 488 m; Extra: 165 ft / 50m
    Gain on way out:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:FR 198
    End Trailhead:FR 198 Gate  3000 ft / 914 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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