Ascent of Plott Balsam Mountain on 2009-04-11

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Saturday, April 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plott Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6088 ft / 1855 m

Ascent Trip Report

Things get a bit confusing after you come to the end of the logging road before the final climb to the summit. The road will 'appear' to split into a Y (one going northwest while the other going northeast). If you go straight up the ridge deviating from the road you should see ribbons roughly marking the way up the slope. You may lose the ribbons from time to time but just keep heading up and you should come back across them or the faint manway eventually. One of the confusing parts is 455' past the 'Y split' on the logging road going northeast, the road will end and there are ribbons marking what appears to be another route to the summit. This way did not appeal to me at all since it was much steeper and much more overgrown with deadfall as well. I'm not sure why anyone would go this way.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Mount Lyn Lowry  
    Time:1 Hours 29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Plott Balsams

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Waterrock Knob2009-04-11460 ft / 140 m
2Browning Knob2009-04-11176 ft / 54 m
3Mount Lyn Lowry2009-04-11 
4Plott Balsam Mountain2009-04-11 
5Oldfield Top2009-04-11 
6Yellow Face2009-04-11200 ft / 61 m
Total Trip Gain: 836 ft / 255 m

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