Absolutely stunning, but crowded mountain.
Drenched in fast moving clouds that killed all views but not the crowds of people on Columbus Day weekend.
Really foggy, cold, May attempt at Black Balsam w/ my friend Max and three Brittany Spaniels Eolus, Maple, and Mollie. Hiked up from Flat Laurel Creek trailhead, and made great time up to the parking lot before the summit. Visibility was really no more than 50 yards the entire time, which caused some confusion on the false summit before Black Balsam. We thought we were at the top, but after uploading the GPS found out we were about a half mile short. Still a great day in the fog and wind though there were no views.
First mountain of three for the day via the Art Loeb trail. Very different from anything else in the area.
This was the first of 5 6K foot peaks on the day. The Great Balsams were just crawling with people on this nice weather start to the memorial Day weekend.
Backpacked from Graveyard Fields into a traverse of the Ledge to Deep Gap. Witnessed rare southern Appalachian alpenglow on this mountain from our camp along the Yellowstone Prong!
Via Art Loeb Trail nice outing included in a grab of Black Balsam, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top, Shining Rock & Sam Knob.
Some of the best views on the BRP.
Had the trail and the summit all to myself on a Monday afternoon. Great views.
It's so close to the road; we go blueberry picking in this area at the end of every summer
I love this mountain. So much bald, open grassy landscape with vast views and an occasional gneissic rock outcrop to play on. Can meander and bushwack all around on this fun peak. Have camped on top a few times also. Fun, Fun, Fun!
Hiked this with my daughter, along with the crowds that day. The views were good for the first hour or so, but clouds, followed by rain came in. We had to quickly leave the summit and back to the car as the rain started to fall.
Went early in AM. Nobody there. Fantastic views. May be it was just the clouds and the fog that day, but the views were tremendous and the valleys seemed deep. I look forward to returning in winter.
I climbed this with my girlfriend, just before I proposed to her. It was a wet day and the best weather we had was on top of this mountain.
Nice short hike with beautiful views.
This was quite fun and the tiny bluets on the way up reminded me of home. One of my favorites.
First "climbing" trip east of the Mississippi. A nice, albiet crowded, summit with expansive views. Nice to see some country with a little 'alpine' feel. Continued on to Tennent. (very nice)
The views from this trail are great. Perfectly clear sky on a cool spring day, what more could you ask for.
Hiked up from Shining Rock campsite; also found the top of Grassy Top Cove and Tennent Mtn. I actually was simply looking to go around it, however visibility was about 20 feet due to the horrible weather: temps hovering around freezing, strong winds and I had my very own Perma-cloud(ie dense fog), making humidity and moisture levels pretty much 100%. I wish it had been snow. I hope to make a day-hike out of it so I can actually see farther than twenty feet in front of me next time.
I grew up hiking the NC mountains but didn't discover this gem till I was almost a geezer