Ascent of Little Bald Mountain on 2013-12-19

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Thursday, December 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Bald Mountain
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Little Bald Mountain is the 8th highest named highpoint in Georgia. I find it hard to believe that I am the first individual to log this peak, since it is so close to Georgia's popular highest point, Brasstown Bald, but the bushwhacking from the trail to Little Bald Mountain's summit was some of the most difficult I have experienced and maybe that has discouraged others. You will need to be very highly motivated if you really want to bag this mountain! The approach to Little Bald Mountain is very pleasant from the Brasstown Bald parking area on the Wagon Train Road, which branches off to the right from the Summit Trail to Brasstown Bald after a short distance. It is about a mile to a point where you will be directly west of Little Bald's summit, but there is a steep cliff that makes an approach from here impossible. As a result, I had to hike further down the trail until I was north of the summit and over .2 mile away. The steep ascent on slippery leaves and extremely thick vegetation in places along with some patches of thorns made this a horrible experience, especially after such an enjoyable approach on an excellent trail. To make matters worse, once I did manage to reach the top, I unwisely decided to select a path of lesser resistance to descend. I was quite proud of myself for choosing such a much better descent route until I looked at my GPS and realized I had been going down the northeast side of the mountain instead of the northwest side. I then had to make a very difficult traverse on the north side of the mountain, which was worse than my ascent route. I was extremely happy to finally reach the Wagon Trail Road again. After what I experienced, I felt like I had reached an interstate highway! The summit of Little Bald Mountain, of course, offers no views due to the thick vegetation, but there is a noticeable high point mound, so you feel confident that you reached the top. This is one high point I am sure I will never climb again!
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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