Ascent of Devils Courthouse on 2009-08-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, August 17, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Devils Courthouse
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5720 ft / 1743 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short easy touristy hike from the Devils Courthouse Overlook, BRP Mile 422.4, about 32 miles South of Ashville. Great open summit.

Rose and I left our hotel this morning, located West of Ashville on Interstate 40 exit 37, with plans to travel to the BRP for a couple of short hikes, before driving down to Atlanta to visit our grandson Marcus at Georgia Tech.
We chose the shortest route to the Parkway ..... secondary hwy #151, a narrow winding steep road with a lot of hairpin curves towards the top end.
Within 2 miles of the Parkway we came around a hairpin curve to find a huge tractor-trailor fully loaded with lumber blocking the road. At the hairpin the rear wheels of the long trailor couldn't make the turn so it slid off the road. Luckily it didn't pull down the whole rig down the mountain, the young driver was not hurt.
At the begining of this road there is a huge sign "Steep Winding Road, Trucks Not Allowed" ???
Pissed-off we turned around and made a long detour to get to the Parkway just South of Ashville at I26 ....... to make matters worse I went North for 10 miles before realizing we were going the wrong direction. This whole screw up removed about 2 hours from our day.

From this hike we drove about 1 mile north to Chestnut Bald and Sivermine Mountain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:258 ft / 78 m
    Total Elevation Loss:258 ft / 78 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:258 ft / 78 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:devils courthouse tr from brp overlook mile 422.4
    Start Trailhead:devils courthouse overlook, brp mile 422.4  5462 ft / 1664 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:258 ft / 78 m
    Route:devils courthouse trail from overlook mile 422.4
    End Trailhead:devils courthouse overlook, brp mile 422.4  5462 ft / 1664 m

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