Ascent of Spaniards Knob on 2015-01-01

Climber: Jared Salzmann

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Spaniards Knob
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked from Unicoi Gap. Bushwacked up the east ridge from Henson Gap (there is a camp site there). This route wasn't bad at all in the winter. Definitely some briers but not too thick. After the moderate winter view from the southern high point, traveled to the northern high point. There is a pretty good brier patch just north of the southern peak but I was able to skirt around it. No wind chimes anymore. The northern high point has some nice big old trees but less of a view than the southern high point. I descended down the eastern saddle between north and south high points as it looked clearer than my route up and possibly not as steep. After a couple hundred feet it did get quite steep. Fell on my butt once--the kind of thud that you feel in your entire body but little pain. This route was clearer than the eastern ridge--probably the preferred path in summer--still some briers and quite steep at the start. I followed the water down to the AT (there is a sign for "water" at this location). If you want to use this route up the mountain, get to the water sign, follow the water up and after about half the distance to the top of the ridge, bare right (it should be obvious, as it will be very steep on the left). On the way back I fell on my butt AGAIN on some muddy leaves.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1847 ft / 562 m
    Extra Gain:398 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Trailhead:2949 ft / 898 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes

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