From Bald Creek Rd, south of the bald, take exit 24 (NC 206) on I-40. Go north on NC 206, take R onto Upper Crabtree Rd, and a L onto Bald Creek Rd.Go 3.2 miles to the turnout past Indian Branch. Unfortunately the land, like much in the NC mountains, has been sold to a Florida developer and is being developed. Future access via this route is uncertain. When I hiked this route in March 2007, the heavy eqipment on the mountain was impressive. It was dark by my arrival to Crab Orchard Fields. It began raining atop Sandymush. A GPS is recommended if climbing in the rain after dark.
The trail from Bald Creek follows a logging road to Crab Orchard Fields, which sits on the ridgeline between Crabtree Bald (5340 ft) and Sandymush Bald. The logging road is being greatly improved to Crab Orchard Fields A primitive road then follows the ridgeline or around the small peaks NW to Sandymush Bald. There are a maze of logging roads on this mountain.
As this hike access is on private land permission should be obtained from somebody. (see above)
USGS 7.5 Quads Fines Creek and Sandymush
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