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Ascent of Big Scaly on 2014-06-07

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Saturday, June 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Scaly
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5040 ft / 1536 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an awesome day hike the Atlanta Outdoor Club. We started near the GA/NC border (just past Tate City) and made our way up the Beech Trail. There's a pretty cool waterfall (High Falls) and a couple of stream crossings but this is a pretty straight forward trail. Once we were at Case Knife Gap (the col between Standing Indian and Big Scaly) we took the path to the top of Big Scaly. It's a little hard to follow in places, but there are some occasional blue blazes and ultimately, you'll be heading up, so that's where the trail goes :)

After checking out some nice views at the summit, we came back down and continued the loop back to the road. It's always nice not to do an out-and-back, but this return trip includes Chimney Rock, which is a huge chunk of rock with a pretty good view and a fun scramble to attain. There's a pretty clear trail intersection with some cairns, once you reach that, go back up the mountain to find Chimney Rock. There's a rope to help you up the first section (which was pretty slick, but had great food holds if you look for them) but the rest of the climb is on nice firm rock and the view is totally worth it!
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