Ascent of Mount Buckley on 2014-07-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Buckley
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6560 ft / 1999 m

Ascent Trip Report

On second leg of my circuit to bag the state high point and make it a trip instead of a simple drive up, I then veered away from Clingman's dome on my way back from Andrew's Bald. I saw a number of day hikers on the way to Andrew's bald but once veered NW on the AT cutoff trail (connector) I finally had some solitude. The drizzle helped a bit too. The connector trail swing west and dumps you at the junction with the AT. Heading right (due east) takes you to the TN State HP. Too soon for that, so I swung west on the AT and crossed the not so impressive top of Mt. Buckley which does have enough prominence to make some lists. To ensure I had actually summitted and to add some extra hiking, I again, headed downhill a ways enjoying the steeper grade that the western ridge offers. Reaching around elevation 6,360 I stopped randomly after about 0.2 mile and called it my new trailhead to return east and go tag Clingman's Dome for my second time.This would be my new ascent start for the third peak in the circuit.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:800 ft / 243 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Not nice
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Fortney Ridge Trial to AT Spur Trail to AT
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Clingman and Andrews Bald  5760 ft / 1755 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:Random downslope beyond the peak  6360 ft / 1938 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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