Ascent of Dicks Knob on 2021-03-05

Climber: Ted Shemella

Others in Party:Debby Shemella
Date:Friday, March 5, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dicks Knob
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Tate Branch Campground. Followed Google Map directions which took me to Upper Hightower Rd which I followed to Charlies Creek Rd where my Subaru spun all 4 wheels trying to ascend a gouge of red clay in a steep incline. Backed out and turned around and drove to Persimmon Rd and then Tallulah River Rd.

Read about some who started on the wrong side of Tate Branch (south side) so we walked on the road, over the bridge and to the first place where the terrain allowed ascent and went off trail to the top of a small drainage where we picked up a woods road.

Followed the woods road which, in various forms of deterioration, was continuous to the saddle above the Tate Branch drainage where we found the end of the closed 4WD FS Rd. Here we began following a herd path with very occasional pink ribbons. We were able to follow the path the whole way but could see that if the low brush were in leaf it might be easy to lose. There were a few spots where the canes scratched but not as bad as others (Slaughter, Brier Creek Bald).

Passed over Steeltrap Knob and hardly any drop before a somewhat steep ascent to Dicks Knob. The peak was obvious but non-descript. Nowhere to sit comfortable so we descended to the saddle to have lunch. Total was 7.2 miles and over 2700 feet gross ascent. Weather was a mix of sun and clouds but bright enough all day for photos.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3142 ft / 957 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3140 ft / 956 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2728 ft / 831 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2317 ft / 707 m; Extra: 411 ft / 125m
    Loss on way in:411 ft / 125 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Along Tate Branch then bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Tate Campground  2283 ft / 695 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2729 ft / 831 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2315 ft / 706 m; Extra: 414 ft / 126m
    Gain on way out:414 ft / 126 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Bushwhack then along Tate Branch
    End Trailhead:Tate Campground  2285 ft / 696 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ted Shemella
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