With Mount Pisgah, Little Bald Mountain, Stony Bald & Grassy Knob.
A casual stroll through the woods to the ridge top. The return leg of the loop has some pretty great views. Celebrated by stopping at a Waffle House for the first time ever
Quick jaunt up the slope from the overlook which has the high point of the BRP. Easier from the actual trail which is how I descended.
A couple of trees down on the trail. One was rotted and I cleared it away but the other will have to wait for someone with a saw.
I was a little bit tired after my hike up Mt Guyot the day before, so this was a welcome relief as far as distance goes. My wife and I found a bucketfull of blackberries while enroute. We were the only ones on the summit and only saw one other couple while on the trail. Surprising!
Found the trailhead after searching near the high point of the BRP. The trail was a bit rugged, a bit steep at times and full of roots, but not too challenging. I met a couple in their late 60's who were hiking up for their third time and they were quite an inspiration to me for when I reach their age. I hope to be in half the shape they are when I turn 65.
After climbing Reinhart Knob, I followed the parkway to the Haywood-Jackson Overlook and took the loop trail around the top and back down.
made the trip up after stopping at the BRP highpoint. Would not have found it if not for summitpost! Not bad of a hike/climb. Bugs were kind of bad and it was a little hot.
We were collecting state highpoints and this peak was on the way when we needed a break.
The last of about 4-5 hikes I did in one day along the BRP. Mainly did it late in the day, very tired, scratched up from a previous hike. Conditions were pretty good, compared to what others have reported. I hate to say, but I was there for the credit only... I just tagged the sign and turned right around.
My best friend Gareth and I hiked this VIEWLESS, bee infested, stinky, 6,000 foot hill. Less than 30 min round trip.
A little rain here and there made for slippery conditions on the rocks. The temperature wasn't bad and the hike was short. It was enjoyable and an easy 6'er for the bag.
OK. Jackson county high point.
And what a disappointment
Nice easy hike. No much in the way of views, but it's a wonderful, cool forest setting. From the parking area, you can view the entire ridge line from Black Balsam to Cold Mountain, including Shining Rock.
Following the chute and deer trail from the parkway over Reinhart Knob down to the MST, we averaged 1/2 mph (and it was mostly downhill). And that was a lot easier than plowing throught the cane on Reinhart's NE ridge. We followed the MST to the Natureland Conservancy area and then headed up to the parkway and Richland Balsam. There's a great view of the western Balsams from the parking lot where the tourist trail begins.
I've been up to Richland Balsam a number of times. A great time to go is in the fall when the blueberry's are ripe. Great for the family!
Easy hike with some decent views from the summit.
This summit doesn't provide many views, but it does provide an eye-opening experience. While there are many dead fir trees around, this trail, at times, walks through tunnels of moist, mossy, (and very much alive) spruce that can get downright dark and cool on a sunny day. It makes you wonder how spectacular these mountain forests could be if they were all healthy.