Sevier County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: May 17, 2007
Author: Roxanne Everett

I followed trip reports that advised bushwhacking to the ridge near the gap between Old Black and Mount Guyot then continuing to the ridge and false summit and beyond to benchmark. Things went alright for the ascent to the ridge but shortly thereafter conditions became extremely difficult. Due to MASSIVE blow-downs, many as recent as April 2007, I would have to say that this route is no longer the preferred route. I got to the summit and found the cairn with the benchmark (as well as an end of rusted can). There was not a register that I could find.

Refusing to go down the way I came up I followed the shortest route back to the AT traversing a west-northwest line. This was much easier going and I would highly recommend going this way (east-southeast up; west-northwest down). Though slightly steeper, this route stayed mostly in dark, wet woods with a few short brushy sections. It took me 1 hour 20 minutes to get up but only 17 minutes to come down the shortest as the crow flies route. A GPS would be useful in finding the shortest route up. I get bonus points for this as I did it (and nearby Old Black) with a full backpack.