Ascent of Mount Hallback on 2014-08-17

Climber: Jeb Ware

Date:Sunday, August 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Hallback
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6329 ft / 1929 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting from the Mt. Mitchell parking lot. There’s a building at the top (south) end of the parking lot with bathrooms and a concession stand; just to the left of the building take the paved path toward the summit. In about 100 ft, the Old Mitchell Trail intersects on the right. There’s a great sign at the intersection with really helpful information about the trail, distances, and a map; you’ll find these signs at all of the trail intersections. Trail is very well-maintained, and you’ll begin to go down the mountain. Pass the intersection for the Campground Spur trail (0.2 mi). Keep going down, pass the intersection of the Camp Alice trail (0.4 mi). Shortly you’ll join a ridge, then up over a knob with a great view of Mt. Hallback looming large in front of you (1.1 mi). Back down the ridge, past the park restaurant (1.25 mi), and you’ll begin to hike along the side of Mt. Hallback. Note that the trail does not go to the Mt. Hallback summit, so when you feel like you’re cresting as high as the trail will take you up the side; turn left (ENE) and bushwack up a couple hundred yards to the summit. At the summit (1.8 mi) is a wooden sign, but not much of a view as you’re surrounded by tall trees. Bushwack back to the trail and continue south down the trail to the park office (2.1 mi).
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Old Mitchell Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Mitchell parking lot  
    Time:0 Days 1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:Park Office  
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 20140817 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
0Mount Hallback2014-08-17 a 
1Mount Gibbes2014-08-17 b 
2Mount Mitchell2014-08-17 c 
3Mount Craig2014-08-17 d 

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