Ascent of Brasstown Bald on 2000-05-24

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 24, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brasstown Bald
    Elevation:4784 ft / 1458 m

Ascent Trip Report

My flight to Atlanta was a red-eye from Phoenix via Las Vegas, but I had three seats to myself so I was able to sleep a little. We landed early and I got my rental car, joining Atlanta morning rush-hour traffic.

I headed north following Interstates 75 and 575, and local state routes, getting myself close to Brasstown Bald, the Georgia state highpoint. Plenty of signs point the way and I had no trouble finding the visitor's parking area below the summit. It was still early and no one was here. It was slightly foggy and very humid, but the temperatures were pleasant.

I grabbed a water bottle and my camera, and hiked up the paved walking route and dirt paths. The walk covered a half-mile and 450 feet of gain to the top. A large building is smack on the summit, but it was closed. I walked the perimeter and tagged any natural high rocks I could find. The fog was thick up here.

The highpoint for nearby Union County is nearby, a few dozen feet below the top, which is inside Towns County. Going by the map and landmarks, I walked the area for about 10 minutes to convince myself I had visited this "highpoint" as well. Then I hiked back to my car. At this time there were a few more people here, but I was done, and on my way to nearby Rabun Bald.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:4334 ft / 1321 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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