Roan High Bluff, Roan High Knob, Grassy Ridge Bald

November 15, 2015

Some places are so special they make your heartstrings twinge with delight. The Roan Mountains have and always will make me swell with happiness. Just outside of Bakersville, N.C., the Roans rise above the valley with a range that is as beautiful as any place on the eastern seaboard.

It is a extraordinary place with longing views, huge rhododendron gardens, spruce-fir trees wafting in the air, and tough hikes. It is a place that I always love to come; it is the place that I asked my wife to marry me.

There are three peaks over 6000 feet as part of the South Beyond 6000 challenge: Roan High Bluff, Roan High Knob, and Grassy Ridge Bald.

Total mileage is 11.9 miles.

Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Roan High Knob Shelter
Roan High Knob Shelter
Roan High Knob summit
Roan High Knob summit
Cloudland Hotel site
Cloudland Hotel site
Roan High Bluff
Roan High Bluff
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
view of Round Bald
view of Round Bald
view of Round Bald
view of Round Bald
Round Bald
Round Bald
Round Bald - where I asked Emily to marry me
Round Bald – where I asked Emily to marry me
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
view from Grassy Ridge Bald
view from Grassy Ridge Bald
summit of Grassy Ridge Bald
summit of Grassy Ridge Bald
Carver's Gap
Carver’s Gap

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