We had a nice night at our site and headed out at 8am for a big day. We had a morning climb up to a summit called Little Rock Knob with some nice views. It was a rocky and strenuous climb. Anytime they name something a knob down here we’ve learned it is always a wicked climb and this was no different.
We later began the 4 mile ascent to Roan Mountain. This was, in my opinion, the most challenging climb we’ve had so far. The last mile or so was extremely vertical with very few switchbacks (so it was pretty much just straight up the mountain) and really rough terrain and trail conditions. It was a lot of fun! There weren’t really any views on Roan itself, but it led to several balds with amazing vistas.
The downside was that a large thunderstorm was threatening as we hustled across these balds. It seems like every time we approach a bald, a storm threatens. Oh well! It held out until we got off them thankfully, but we did get rained on for the last hour or so of our hiking day. Continue reading