Ascent of Andrews Bald on 2014-07-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Andrews Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to make a circuit to retake TN SHP Clingman's Dome. But along the way I wanted to grab this small peak and Mt. Buckley. I immediately headed down the well marked and well used Forney Ridge Trail. I was not sure exactly where the peak was I hiked down to the obvious saddle at elevation 5,760 and then found the bald. Not having seen what I thought was the true peak along the way I realized I technically missed it in passing. So I ventured down slope of the bald some more to set myself a decent starting trailhead elevation of around 5,800 and then headed back up and across the "bald" and then found the true peak which was a few feet off trail and not even a bushwhack. Interestingly, this lower "trailhead I selected randomly was still not as low as the saddle in between this peak and Clingman's dome which is at 5,760 and provides some additional gain in both directions despite the fact you "descend" to get this peak in this direction. Thus, I was able to count the gain from 5800 random trailhead I selected beyond the "bald" up to summit at 5,920 but the rolling saddle gain/regain from 5,760 also occurs each way; thus, I estimated a total hiking upward of 420 feet in total gain. I Stopped my measurement at the second crossing of the saddle at 5,760. This is why my distances and gain measurements will not match any one else that simply says I hiked down to get it and does not consider the gain hiking back up on the return or does not go past the bald.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1200 ft / 365 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1200 ft / 365 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Off and on rain/drizzle 64F
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Loss on way in:780 ft / 237 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Forney Ridge Trail to below bald
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot to Clingman's Dome  6280 ft / 1914 m
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:420 ft / 128 m
    Gain on way out:780 ft / 237 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:back up bald and Forney Ridge
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot to Clingman's Dome  6280 ft / 1914 m
Ascent Part of Trip: TN-HP Circuit

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Andrews Bald2014-07-23 a1200 ft / 366 m
2Mount Buckley2014-07-23 b800 ft / 244 m
3Clingmans Dome2014-07-23 c383 ft / 117 m
4Mount Collins2014-07-23 d328 ft / 100 m
5Clingmans Dome2014-07-23 z 
Total Trip Gain: 2711 ft / 827 m    Total Trip Loss: 2191 ft / 668 m

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