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Ascent of Big Yellow Mountain on 2018-04-28

Climber: Bradley Reese

Others in Party:Austin Harran
Date:Saturday, April 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Yellow Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5440 ft / 1658 m

Ascent Trip Report

How I chose this hike: Wanted to knock out a few points on a list. Was hiking with a co-op from work and wanted him to have a hike with good views. The balds in this area allowed for that.

Parking: Placed "Yellow Mountain Gap Trailhead" into Google Maps, took me straight to the trailhead.

The plan: Start relatively early and park at the end of Roaring River Road, hike up the Overmountain Victory trail until it meets the Appalachian Trail (AT), then go north on the AT until reaching the top of Hump Mountain (little hump would be crossed in this section). Return via the same route, taking a detour to the top of Big Yellow Mountain.

The Hike: Austin and I started on the Overmountain Victory trail. Before starting a lady got out of her car and told us there were Turkey hunters up the trail. I thanked her for letting us know and went on. A nice spring/creek was running down next to the trail. At around 1/4 mile of hiking we missed a sharp turn to stay on the trail and continued on what we thought was the trail for a bit more than another 1/4 of a mile. This brought us to the edge of a field where we heard a Turkey call. When I heard this we stepped back into the woods and checked my GPS, this is when I realized we'd missed our turn. We probably ruined the hunter's morning. We turned back and found the turn we had missed and go back onto the Overmountain Victory trail. We reached the AT after 1-1/3 miles of hiking. If not for the wrong turn it would've been closer to 0.8 miles. At little more than 400 feet of elevation was gained in this section. (1.3 miles total)

We turned right (north) on the AT. Early on the AT is fairly steep and we're walking through wooded areas. I noticed Trout Lily and either violets or Spring Beauties blooming all over. At about 1.2 miles on the AT we reach a pasture like area and as we crest the hill we receive some nice views. Another 0.4 miles and we practically cross the top of Little Hump mountain. I don't seek out the highest point at this time. From here we lose quite a bit if elevation re-entering wooded areas. The trail goes around a small bump between little hump and hump and at begins to gain elevation after another 1.2 miles. Now we are climbing Hump Mountain. The trail goes straight up the mountain, it's steep enough to slow the pace, but not too bad overall. We reached the top after another 0.85 miles (just under 5 miles hiking total). We take a break here and talk to a section hiker. He's hiking for 31 days and hoping to reach somewhere well into Virginia.

From here we turn around retracing our steps for the next 2.5 miles. I make sure to step on the high point of Little Hump as we pass by. We stop to take some pictures at several points on our return. (just under 7.5 miles of hiking)

Here we take a detour to Big Yellow Mountain. I don't expect a trail so we start buschwhacking, after a short distance we come out on a trail and follow it for the remaining distance. Most of the detour was in woods, but the trail exited into pasture with views for 270 degrees. Views included Grandfather, Table Rock, Hawksbill, Grassy Ridge Bald, and I think The Peak, Snake Mountain and many others I couldn't ID. This section was about 1.1 miles. On the way back I stood on a few points I thought had potential to be the high point. The ridge was flat enough that there were two or three possible high points, I think the most likely was a rock outcropping just as we reentered the woods from the pasture. The return to the AT was another 1.1 miles. (9.7 miles for the day).

From here we retraced our steps, adding another 1.1 miles on the AT, then just under 0.8 miles on the Overmountain Victory trail. (11.6 miles total)

There are some nice views on this hike, probably worth redoing at some point in the future.

See Hump Mountain description for stats.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: Hump Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hump Mountain2018-04-28 a2879 ft / 878 m
2Little Hump Mountain2018-04-28 b 
3Big Yellow Mountain2018-04-28 c 
Total Trip Gain: 2879 ft / 878 m    Total Trip Loss: 2879 ft / 878 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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