Sevier County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: May 17, 2007
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
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.
Author: Roxanne Everett