Ascent of Horsetrough Mountain on 2008-03-22

Climber: G. Ringle

Date:Saturday, March 22, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Horsetrough Mountain
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yet another one of Georgia's 4000' peaks requiring bushwhacking to react the summit. The hike is moderately difficult from Jack's Gap to the AT, then fairly easy walking south. It becomes a real challenge once you leave the trail. The lower portion of the mountain is clogged with briers, which shredded my legs nicely. Once you gain higher elevation, the briers thin out a bit but are replaced with thick laurel and rhododendron. There is a pretty neat saddle position along the top ridge where the brush was very sparse and it was evident that Turkeys or Hogs had rooted around on the leafy floor. The summit barely has a winter view and surely has none in the summer. To prevent a return trip through briars, I plunged down the mountainside closest to the AT and struggled down over granite slabs hidden by leaves, the slope so steep that I grabbed trees to slow my downward momentum. Nice, tough hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1080 ft / 329 m
    Route:Bushwhack via AT via Jack's Knob Trail
    Trailhead:Jack's Gap  2960 ft / 902 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 5 Minutes

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