Ascent of Ridgepole Mountain on 2014-04-11

Climber: John Chambers

Date:Friday, April 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ridgepole Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5043 ft / 1537 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up from Patterson Gap in Georgia past Grassy Ridge, on an old trail shown on some topos.

That trail shows some switchbacks up from Negro Branch. They are very faint and hard to find. It is also difficult to find the trail at the beginning of where it sidehills around Grassy Ridge, but picks up with a well worn trail at N34.982383 W-83.47899 on the nose toward drive ridge.

Kept going on easy to follow, but not always easy to walk trail past Nichols Gap. Turned right at Carters Gap, behind the shelter and bushwhacked up to the south peak, marked 5043 on my topo.

Coming down, I got sidetracked a little north of that ridge because of easy walking, and ended up following a wash that ended in a rhody trap. Had to go back south then sidehill due west to get out of that. Ended up on the AT about 200 yards east of Carters Gap. Turned back south there on old trail back to Nichols Gap and proceeded to Summit Grassy Ridge from there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1773 ft / 540 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1773 ft / 540 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Partly cloudy, mostly sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1773 ft / 540 m
    Route:Unmaintained trail, bushwhack from Carter's Gap
    Start Trailhead:Patterson Gap  3270 ft / 996 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1773 ft / 540 m
    End Trailhead:Patterson Gap  3270 ft / 996 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Ridgepole and Grassy

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ridgepole Mountain2014-04-111773 ft / 540 m
2Grassy Ridge2014-04-111130 ft / 344 m
Total Trip Gain: 2903 ft / 884 m    Total Trip Loss: 2903 ft / 884 m

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