Ascent of Plott Balsam Mountain on 2016-07-23

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
Date:Saturday, July 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plott Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6088 ft / 1855 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began by following a few yellow blazes down from the area near the memorial boulder and large cross atop Lyn Lowry. Look for a trail heading down between rock and cross. It passes through a clearcut for a short ways then enters the forest. This trail is steep; use caution! Eventually the grades eases and you come out on an old roadway that can be followed for a long ways, past Oldfield Top and to the base of the summit climb for Plott Balsam. We bushwhacked a little as we started the final climb but also found some old flagging and bits of a use trail for much of the way (mainly red and orange flagging, also pink and blue occasionally). The summit was marked by ribbons and a small cairn near the base of a small tree. We were happy to see it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:318 ft / 96 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
humid and warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:318 ft / 96 m
    Route:rough trail and old road to SW ridge
    Start Trailhead:Lyn Lowry cross area   5770 ft / 1758 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Plott Balsam Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Yellow Face2016-07-23 a394 ft / 120 m
2Waterrock Knob2016-07-23 b487 ft / 148 m
3Browning Knob2016-07-23 c155 ft / 47 m
4Fork Ridge2016-07-23 d 
5Mount Lyn Lowry2016-07-23 e390 ft / 119 m
6Plott Balsam Mountain2016-07-23 f318 ft / 97 m
7Mount Lyn Lowry2016-07-23 g550 ft / 168 m
8Browning Knob2016-07-23 h 
9Waterrock Knob2016-07-23 i30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 2324 ft / 708 m    Total Trip Loss: 609 ft / 185 m

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