Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2015-08-22

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Craggy Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Begin at trailhead at the end to FS Road 74 outside the town of Dillingham NC. You won't find Dillingham on any maps or GPS units but it is near Barnardsville, NC. The route is FS Trail 162, the Douglas Falls Trail, a beautiful trail leading past several waterfalls in route to its intersection with the MST. There is plenty of water sources on this trail. Once the MST is reached, turn left (east) and follow the MST until it intersects with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cross the BRP and turn right (southwest) on a unmarked trail which quickly gets steep and very grown in with rhododendrons, blueberries, and briars. It was a wet, unpleasant bash to get to the top. Maybe winter or spring would be better for this hike. I followed the same route down and headed to Craggy Pinnacle via a bushwhack from the north instead of the tourist route from Craggy Gardens. It took a while to find a route through the thick stuff to the Pinnacle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2501 ft / 761 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1621 ft / 493 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1/Bushwhack
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2383 ft / 726 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1680 ft / 512 m; Extra: 703 ft / 214m
    Loss on way in:703 ft / 214 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:FS 162 Douglas Falls Trail to MST
    Start Trailhead:FS 162 Trailhead  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Time:2 Hours 47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:918 ft / 279 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 800 ft / 244 m; Extra: 118 ft / 35m
    Gain on way out:118 ft / 35 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    End Trailhead:MST Trail Junction with FS 162  5280 ft / 1609 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Craggys

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Craggy Dome2015-08-222501 ft / 762 m
2Craggy Pinnacle2015-08-22931 ft / 284 m
Total Trip Gain: 3432 ft / 1046 m    Total Trip Loss: 3432 ft / 1046 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Albert Wolff
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