Ascent of Blowing Rock on 2017-10-26

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, October 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blowing Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3589 ft / 1093 m

Ascent Trip Report

"The Blowing Rock" is a both a geographic and historic icon and will cost you a fair sum to visit. I am both realistic, but also a bit chagrined by this circumstance. Like the Brushy Mountains summits, it a bit disappointing that our mountains have been commercialized; but that is a discussion for a different day.

Take US 321 south from Boone or north from Lenoir to reach the entrance to The Blowing Rock. After wading your way through the gift shop, the high point, almost a polished HP, is to the west. It is a magnificent peak despite the fact that it actually is a downhill walk until you climb the 15 foot rock.

I visited here when I was a child with my Grandparents in the mid-1970's (who I am sure were glad to deposit us out of the car to run around), and again in 2008.

This visit was strategic, as I had climbed several peaks in the general area. I do not know if the legend is true or more a creation of certain advertising consultants, But it is mythic. The view is better. Overall, I would say visit and decide for yourself. At the same time, you are close to many PB'er sites in the Blowing Rock area and lots of great food.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  3579 ft / 1090 m
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Open Country and Maintained Trail
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  3579 ft / 1090 m
    Time:5 Minutes

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