Ascent of Inadu Knob on 2011-09-10

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Saturday, September 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Inadu Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Inadu Knob is the 19th highest named highpoint in Tennessee. This was not a peak I had intended to climb. My goal for this climb was to reach the summits of Old Black, Mount Guyot and Mount Chapman in a single day's climb. Unfortunately, when I reached Cosby Campground I discovered the road I had hoped to take to reach the trailhead was gated. To make matters worse, no parking was allowed at the gate for hikers, so I had to drive about 1/2 mile away and quite a bit lower in elevation to a "Hikers Parking" area. My trailhead search and extra climbing required more time than I could makeup and I had to settle for Old Black alone. To lessen my disappointment for missing the other two peaks, I peakbagged Inadu Knob and Snake Den Mountain on my return. The climb from Cosby Campground to the AT is on a good trail (Snake Den Ridge Trail), but there is an elevation gain of nearly 4000 feet, so this was an all day climb. Inadu Knob is located a short distance away from where Snake Den Ridge Trail intersects the AT, but it requires about 200 feet of bushwhacking to reach the summit. It wasn't too bad until the last 50 feet when the vegetation got quite thick. Of course, there was no view from the summit of Inadu Knob in the middle of a thick forest, but I did find several pieces of the remains of a plane crash during my descent. Later, I discovered on the Internet that a fighter jet crashed in this area in 1984 and the wreckage is scattered all over the AT in this area.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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