Ascent of Bald Knob on 2012-08-18
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, August 18, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4040 ft / 1231 m|
Ascent Trip ReportCoHP #100: Amherst County, VA - contender #3 of 3, Bald Knob (4,040+) - Aug 18, 2012:
Amherst County, VA has 3 different contenders for the county high point, and unlike a lot of other "multiple" point counties, all 3 peaks are separate hikes and pretty decent peaks. Well, Rocky has a bunch of antennas, so it sucks, but Mt Pleasant is one of the best Virginia hikes I have done, and Bald Knob was not too far behind. Both Bald Knob and Mt Pleasant are hiked from the same trailhead (Mt Pleasant TH). I had already done the other 2 contenders, Rocky & Pleasant, the weekend before. I drove here the evening before and crawled into the back of the rental Jeep Patriot to sleep. Much more comfortable than the Toytoa Corolla. I still wish I had a sleeping bag to sleep outside... I was up first thing in the morning to get all of the hiking and driving I had planned in for the day. I hiked back out the dirt roads to the AT Trailhead along FR-48 and headed south on the AT over Cole Mtn to Bald Knob. I wandered the summit area to get the high ground and took some pictures near a cairn. From Bald Knob, you can make a nice loop of the hike by descending the Hotel / Old Hotel Trail. I saw it signed as the Hotel Trail and Old Hotel Trail, but it's the same trail. Follow this down to the AT hut, then up for a bit to a very nice camping spot by a large tree. From there, the trail is pretty much flat back to the Mt Pleasant Trailhead. I think that this was an excellent county to reach #100: a fine loop hike in a beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mtns and it is also a P2k contender in addition to a CoHP contender.
7.77 mi total
8.2 mph max
2h 37m moving time
3.0 mph avg speed
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||764 ft / 232 m|
| Elevation Gain:||564 ft / 172 m|
| Route:||AT Southbound|
| Trailhead:||3476 ft / 1059 m|
| Extra Gain:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Route:||Old Hotel Trail|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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