Ascent of Double Spring Knob on 2015-01-01

Climber: Jared Salzmann

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, January 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Double Spring Knob
    Elevation:4280 ft / 1304 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up Mill Creek Road as far as I could (mud/water road stopped me 1/8 mi from the forest service gate). Mill Creek Road isn't a problem for 4x4 vehicles but even my little car was able to do fine on this day. I wouldn't attempt driving the road in heavy rain.
I hiked a little over a mile to Addis Gap on the forest service road (~1 mile crossing the gate). The ascent rate is pretty high from the gate all the way to top of Double Spring Knob. No switchbacks to be seen. 2.5 miles of steady ascent and I hit the camp site at the crest of the AT trail. Bushwhacked to the north west towards the peak. I followed some trail tape but it is not hard to find the top. Not to many briers and winter made this short bushwhack fairly easy. No views at the top.
I met a local bird hunter at the top, "what's a peak bagger?" I guess I need to get some high visibility gear. I was hearing gunfire the entire hike up.
I picked up the trail tape as I left so bring your own to lay down (and pick up). Bolted down the mountain and got to the car 20 minutes before dark (and rain).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1427 ft / 434 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1427 ft / 434 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1427 ft / 434 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Mill Creek Rd to AT
    Start Trailhead:Mill Creek Rd  2853 ft / 869 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1427 ft / 434 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    End Trailhead:2853 ft / 869 m
    Time:45 Minutes

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