Ascent of Richland Balsam on 2000-05-26

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, May 26, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Richland Balsam
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6410 ft / 1953 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at the Haywood-Jackson parking area around 6:30 p.m. Fortunately, this would be a short, quick, fairly easy trail hike to the summit, no bushwhacking required. The hike begins at the north end of the lot at a marked trail. It's paved for the first thousand feet or so, then gives way to a good trail. Small wooden posts numbered 1-13 lead to the summit, presumably there in conjunction with a trail-guide one can read when hiking this route (it's a developed "nature trail", but I didn't see any literature on it). I was still a bloody mess from my last hike when I started the hike. The minor hypovolemia helped clear my mind.

In zombie mode, I walked up the hill until I came to the summit, which has a bench and a big sign. It was of foggy, so I tagged the sign, and turned around. It's actually a pretty hike with plenty of views (when there's no fog or clouds), as well as being one of North Carolina's highest county highpoints. After the hike down, I bailed from the Blue Ridge Parkway and stayed in a hotel in Wayneville. I've never been so ready for a shower as I was today. I bought a beer to drink but dropped it while fiddling with the doorknob to get in my hotel room, and spritzed precious beer all over the place. The shower felt great, my legs hurt like hell, soothed by Neosporin, and I settled in for a night of channel-surfing, minus the beer.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Trailhead:6010 ft / 1831 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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