Ascent of Flower Knob on 2021-01-13

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flower Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5880 ft / 1792 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had first attempted this peak on 11/15/2020 heading up the Art Loeb Trail from the Daniel Boone Scout Camp. I took what I thought would be an easy bushwhack up from the east side, which quickly devolved into an uncomfortable slam through thick shrubbery. Eventually I gave up and turned back to the trail - This descent through ungodly thick bushes turned out to be the most miserable 20 minutes I've ever spent in Southern Appalachia, topping even my worst App State hangovers.

However, on this hike today, I spotted open woods directly north of Flower Gap and decided to make another attempt. The woods were open at first but the thick brush quickly reappeared. Determined, I slugged through it and made it to what I am certain was the high point. Walked around through the brush to make sure I had got it and I quickly discovered I had stopped no more than twenty feet short of the high point on my last attempt.

Satisfied with my successful bag, I headed back down to the Art Loeb Trail and returned to the Shining Creek Trailhead via the namesake trail. By the time I made it back to the car, I had spent an entire day in Shining Rock Wilderness without seeing a SINGLE other person!!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2480 ft / 755 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2480 ft / 755 m
    Route:Old Butt Knob Trail/Art Loeb Trail
    Start Trailhead:Shining Creek Trailhead  3400 ft / 1036 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock 01/13/2021

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Chestnut Ridge2021-01-132020 ft / 616 m
2Old Butt Knob2021-01-132125 ft / 648 m
3Dog Loser Knob2021-01-132361 ft / 720 m
4Shining Rock2021-01-132600 ft / 792 m
5Grassy Cove Top2021-01-132640 ft / 805 m
6Flower Knob2021-01-132480 ft / 756 m
Total Trip Gain: 14226 ft / 4337 m

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