Ascent of Double Spring Knob on 2013-12-20

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Friday, December 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Double Spring Knob
    Elevation:4280 ft / 1304 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Double Spring Knob is tied with Shooting Creek Bald and Coosa Bald as the 12th highest named highpoint in Georgia. I was hoping to drive closer to this mountain, but the road I selected on the west side was closed after 3 miles. I still had over a mile to reach the place I had hoped to drive to at Addis Gap. From here it would have only been about a one mile climb to the summit. I had already driven too deep into the wilderness to try to find a closer approach, so I decided to begin my hike here and ended up hiking well over 4 miles roundtrip with half of that distance on the Appalachian Trail after I reached Addis Gap. Despite the longer than expected distance, it was a pleasant ascent on a crisp clear morning. Even the final .2 mile bushwhacking to the high point was not bad, however, there was barely a view from there due to the vegetation. Be sure to take advantage of the good views along the Appalachian Trail that you will have once in a while. I found it interesting, that in this day of electronic navigational aids, someone had left a trail of brightly colored surveyor's flagging every 10 yards from the trail to the summit of Double Spring Knob. The red plastic tape was lying on the ground and had not been there very long. I was tempted to clean it up, but decided to leave it in case it was placed there for some other important reason. I had an extremely pleasant descent as the air grew warmer on a fine sunny day.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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