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Ascent of Phoenix Mountain on 2018-09-25

Climber: Chris Gilsdorf

Date:Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Phoenix Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4710 ft / 1435 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Tom Layton's excellent trip report and directions. I have only a few things to add.

I was able to find the 15th hole but it was not intuitive. From the uppermost actual parking lot, you can either enter the woods, turn left, and follow a series of trails past several disc golf holes up the ridge that will lead you to the 15th hole, or you can walk to the west end of the meadows, pick up the trails, and hike steeply uphill with the fence at your left until you meet the 15th hole. Either way, not too complicated but took longer than I thought it would.

Around the 0.6-0.7 mile mark per Tom's directions, there is now significant construction going on just down the mountainside. I was not quite close enough to be blatantly seen, but there is a large clear-cut with active and noisy construction equipment visible through the trees. As of right now, this shouldn't impact the route, but things could change down the road.

The subpeak at 1.6 miles in has a very tall ladder and hunting stand in it. Probably best to avoid this mountain during hunting season. The homesite at 1.9 miles looks to be *less* developed if anything, with only a few stacked piles of wood and no evidence of any kind of construction or recent clearing.

The highest ground is reached by a foot path beyond the last towers. I was in the clouds, but on a clear day you'd have some nice views to the west from the summit rock outcroppings. Glad I've had nice views from Jefferson at least. The roundtrip consumed less than 3 hours.
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