Ascent of Dobson Knob on 2016-12-10

Climber: Bradley R

Date:Saturday, December 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Dobson Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3668 ft / 1118 m

Ascent Trip Report

How I chose this hike: Relatively close to home, with a fairly prominent peak along the way in Dobson Knob. Also wanted to bag Bald Knob.

The Plan: Park at the 2nd gate on an unnamed road off of Old 105. From here it would be around a 3 mile hike to Bald Knob, on the way back I planned to go off trail and bag Dobson Knob as well. Overall it would be about 6 miles of hiking.

Where to Park: I, unfortunately, was never able to find an address or name that allowed me to use Google Maps to go directly to the unnamed road. If coming from I-40 after getting on old 105, Kistler Highway, drive about 6 miles and there will be a dirt road on the left, the dirt road is unnamed and gated. The gate was open and I continued trough it, after a couple miles more of driving I reached another open gate, but had read that it is closed at times, I decided to park here to begin my hike.

NOTE: there was no signage or purple paint that made me nervous about trespassing at the road I needed to take. Earlier when I'd been struggling to figure out which dirt road to take there had been dirt roads with gates, but each had purple paint, meaning to me that I wasn't welcome.

The hike: I began by continuing to hike down the dirt road. I was keeping my eyes open for hunters as I had seen several while driving. The dirt road continued, well maintained, for about 1.4 miles and 0.35 miles more poorly maintained. If I had of been confident that the 2nd gate wouldn't have been locked behind me I could have driven to this point.

The road turned into a trail at 1.75 miles and continued with no views to near the top of Dobson Knob at 2.5 miles. The high point is off trail and I decided I would collect it on the way back. I continued on to Bald Knob which I reached at 3.3 miles of hiking. From the trail a little past Bald Knob there was a decent view of the Black Mountains from the trail, to get to the high point of Bald Knob I backtracked just a bit and went off trail a short distance on some rock cliffs. From the high point were the best views of the day Much of the Linville Gorge and Grandfather could be seen. Here is where my GPS quit working.

I returned to my truck via the same path, on the way I had planned to go off trail to the top of Dobson Knob, unfortunately I could not get my GPS to start working and decided going off trail looking for the high point would be a waste of time, so I was unsuccessful on gaining Dobson's high point. I returned to my truck in just under 6.5 miles.

Notes: I did not see another person walking on the trail, and it was eerily quiet i some areas.
The views from Bald Knob are worth seeing, but there are no other views along the way.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Bald Knob (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Bald Knob2016-12-10 a1554 ft / 474 m
 (Attempt) Dobson Knob2016-12-10 b 
Total Trip Gain: 1554 ft / 474 m    Total Trip Loss: 1554 ft / 474 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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