Ascent of Dicks Knob on 2014-04-22

Climber: John Chambers

Date:Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dicks Knob
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking for the trail up from a campground mentioned in another trip report. I didn't find it.

Started up a trail beside Tate Branch, in the campground, but was in a peat bog after 1/4 mile, so I bushwhacked up over the ridge to the south to the network of roads shown on topos. From there, I hiked on those restricted roads up to the gap between Chestnut and Steeltrap.

From there, I took the side trip road to Chestnut Mountain, and enjoyed lunch sitting on the peak in a wildlife opening. Black clouds started blowing in on me before I finished. Then I headed back to the gap

There's a trail from there towards Steeltrap which ends at about 3900 ft elevation. From there it was herd trails to the top of Steeltrap, and on to Dicks Knob. It started raining just before I got to the top of Dicks Knob, and Dicks knob was socked in with fog. I walked all the way to the north end of the ridge looking for other high points. The north end of the ridge was still raining, but not foggy, but the summit at the south end was still socked in. It was eerie looking, approaching the foggy summit from the north.

Going down, I went back to Steeltrap and headed down Pot Gap Ridge, following herd paths. I hoped to find the well maintained trail mentioned earlier, and I did, but not until after bushwhacking 2 miles down the ridge, I found it just before I hit the road. It comes out on the road next to a parking sign, about 1/4 mile north of Tate Branch Campground. I guess it follows along the wash on the north side.

Afterwards, I drove around to the Coleman River Road, and explored that area. You can get to the fork at 34.951066,-83.537099, or the turnaround at 34.97315, -83.51052 and hike the usfs restricted road that runs through the gap between chestnut and steeltrap.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2314 ft / 705 m
    Route:Bushwhacks, woods roads
    Trailhead:Tate Branch Campground  2286 ft / 696 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Part of Trip: Chestnut, Steeltrap, and Dicks Knob

Complete Trip Sequence:
3Dicks Knob2014-04-222314 ft / 705 m
Total Trip Gain: 2314 ft / 705 m    Total Trip Loss: 2314 ft / 705 m

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