Ascent of Sandymush Bald on 2020-11-21

Climber: David Winston

Date:Saturday, November 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sandymush Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5152 ft / 1570 m

Ascent Trip Report

I’m trying to string together a route along the ridge from Crabtree Bald to Little Sandymush Bald. This is the Northeast section and it’s completely do-able with virtually no bushwhacking.

I started at the trailhead for the “Cabins at Sandymush Bald”. You can google it to get to the web page and a phone number to call for permission. The woman was very nice and said yes.

The only tricky part was finding the road/trail down the southwest side of Sandymush bald. Stay close to the barbed wire fence on you left. You’ll find a faint trail running along the ridge. It will even pass through an opening in the fence. It ends in a clearing where you can pick up semi road/trail all the way down to Buckeye Gap.

From there it’s a road walk over to Peak 4960 and then on to Crabtree. I came across some hunters with their dogs at the top of 4960. They were pretty chill about me being there. I explained where I had come from. I got a late start that day so I turned around there. I’ll be back to do the whole thing.

It was a very clear days so the views all along the ridge were outstanding.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1826 ft / 556 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1826 ft / 556 m
    Distance:10.7 mi / 17.2 km
    Start Trailhead:3326 ft / 1013 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Winston
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