Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2016-07-01

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Friday, July 1, 2016
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

I started at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center parking lot and took the Craggy Gardens Trail out of the west end of the parking lot. It soon intersects with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), which I took downhill at the junction (i.e., go right at that intersection, as if going to Douglas Falls). I followed the MST around the north side of Craggy Pinnacle, past the Douglas Falls Trail intersection, and back to the parkway just west of the Graybeard Mountain parking area / overlook. From the MST just after it crosses to the same side of the road as the Graybeard Mountain overlook, I followed a use trail / manway / herd path up the northeast ridge to the summit area. This unofficial trail / bushwhack has been previously reported by several others. After a short search I found the pipe, fence post, and wooden sign that others have mentioned at the summit. I retraced my route to the Visitors Center for a total hike of about 6 miles. The bushwhack was steeper near the top, as has been noted by others, but it was not especially onerous as bushwhacks go (thanks to those who have gone before...). Some sections of the MST were fairly rocky.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:980 ft / 297 m
    Total Elevation Loss:980 ft / 297 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
attractive white clouds, no rain threat, occasional breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:780 ft / 237 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 580 ft / 177 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:MST, Craggy Gardens VC to Graybeard Mtn. Overlook,
    Start Trailhead:Craggy Gardens Visitors Center  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Time:1 Hours 52 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:780 ft / 237 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 580 ft / 177 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:MST to Graybeard Mtn. Overlook, then NE ridge
    End Trailhead:Craggy Gardens Visitors Center  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes

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