Ascent of Craggy Gardens on 2009-10-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Date:Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craggy Gardens
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5680 ft / 1731 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note: the park service lists this peak as Craggy Knob and at elevation 5526. I am not going to create another location on top of this location so i will use the added peak by others in the database. Note that the USGS map calls the mountain, Great Craggy Mountain, so there appears to be several synonyms for the same feature near Craggy Pinnacle. This feature does not have a trail to the top. There is a picnic pavillion trail from the visitor center and then a grassy meadow above (with scant Rhododendrons) but to achieve the top it is a bushwhack (at least the only way i found it). The Pinnacle has much better views although the shelter has a nice view of the valley below.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:190 ft / 57 m
    Total Elevation Loss:190 ft / 57 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
cloudy white out blown away to full sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Trail and Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot at Craggy Gardens  5490 ft / 1673 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    End Trailhead:same  5490 ft / 1673 m

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