Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2009-08-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, August 13, 2009
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

Very dense herd path from BRP.

The TH is at the BRP's Greybeard Mountain Overlook (Craggy Gardens are), located 8 miles south of Mount Mitchell entrance or north of the Craggy Gardens Information Center. Access to the summit is via a herd path up the North ridge ....moderately graded on the lower slopes and steeper higher up.
The MTS trail enters the woods at the south end of the Overlook and after a short distance comes out and crosses the BRP on its way to the Craggy Gardens Information Center. Just before the MTS trail comes out at the BRP a good herd path leads left and ascends the North ridge. On this day the herd path was pink flagged all the way to the summit (not required).
The path is good and easy to follow on the lower slopes, higher up as it leaves the trees and reaches the rhododendrums and other types of shrubs it is heavily overgrown, and the path is tunnel-like .......I had to crouch down and stay below the top of the foliage in order to see the well troded ground path (sort of a semi-bushwack).

The summit is marked with a rusted pipe and a T fence post. You get some views above the 5-6 foot high shrubery. 1 hour RT.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:488 ft / 148 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:dense herd path up north ridge from brp
    Trailhead:brp craggy gardens area  5592 ft / 1704 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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