Ascent of Plott Balsam Mountain on 2016-04-05

Climber: Bryan Marchant

Others in Party:K. Brennen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plott Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6088 ft / 1855 m

Ascent Trip Report

Briefly (details to follow):

From reading multiple older posts was prepared for an 8 mile slog through dense forest with only a hint of a trail. Was pleasantly surprised to find the trail consistently well blazed and marked up to the bushwack before Plott Balsam. Even here there was enough of a trail and several sets of tags that finding the summit was not particularly difficult. The trail very steep in many places making this a strenuous ten mile hike. That said navigation is fairly straight forward and the trail in much better shape then previously described.

Followed logging road around old field top (swing to the right of this peak following a weathered sign that reads "fire escape trail") Logging road continued up until split. Due to somewhat confusing directions in older posts on this site and elsewhere I piled several large rocks at this point. From here bushwack straight up between the two roads... faint trail often visible and pink, orange and yellow tags in varying states of decay often found. Rock Cairn built at presumed summit. Bushwacking down more difficult as trail not nearly as visible and tags sparse ended up coming out on logging road to the left of where we started bushwhack with easy return.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Plott Balsams

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Waterrock Knob2016-04-05 
2Browning Knob2016-04-05 
3Fork Ridge2016-04-05 
4Mount Lyn Lowry2016-04-05 
5Oldfield Top2016-04-05 
6Plott Balsam Mountain2016-04-05 
7Yellow Face2016-04-05 

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