Ascent of Plott Balsam Mountain on 2021-04-09

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Friday, April 9, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plott Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6088 ft / 1855 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Lynn Lowry, make sure you take the northeast trail not the southeast trail down the ridge. The trail descends steeply toward the saddle west of Oldfield Top. At 35.4676, -83.1060 you will join an old jeep road. This track carries you into the small bald that was visible from the cross on Lynn Lowry. Take the right fork at the bald. I bushwhacked to Oldfield Top on my way but it's otherwise a pleasant walk along the ridge following the jeep road.

At 35.4775, -83.0916 turn left off the jeep track and follow a social trail up to the summit. There are no views from the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1171 ft / 355 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1571 ft / 478 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 9.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:318 ft / 96 m
    Loss on way in:470 ft / 143 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Start Trailhead:6240 ft / 1901 m
    Time:56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1101 ft / 335 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 248 ft / 75 m; Extra: 853 ft / 259m
    Gain on way out:853 ft / 259 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    End Trailhead:5840 ft / 1780 m
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Lynn Lowry

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Waterrock Knob2021-04-09 a 
2Browning Knob2021-04-09 b 
3Fork Ridge2021-04-09 c 
4Mount Lyn Lowry2021-04-09 d788 ft / 240 m
5Oldfield Top2021-04-09 e 
6Plott Balsam Mountain2021-04-09 f1171 ft / 357 m
Total Trip Gain: 1959 ft / 597 m    Total Trip Loss: 1989 ft / 606 m

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