Ascent of Apple Orchard Mountain on 2013-07-18

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:David Stone
Date:Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Apple Orchard Mountain
    Elevation:4225 ft / 1287 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow, the most prominent mountain in Virginia!

Parked in the Apple Orchard Mountain pull-out/overlook just north of the FAA access road at about Mile 76 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We decided to walk up the paved access road despite the sign warning "Area Closed" and "Do Not Enter", on the basis that other trip reports said that it was OK, we were on foot and not in a vehicle, and the fact that it was so much shorter than picking up the Appalachian Trail north or south of the area. I planned to use the 'dumb foreigner' approach if challenged, but we didn't meet anyone on the road. Culturally it's so difficult to know how literally to take these signs - I didn't want to get into a difficult interaction with officialdom. At the top the fencing around the FAA installation warns "No Trespassing" which I took much more seriously, particularly as there was a worker inside the compound. The benchmark is in mown grass a few metres east of the fencing, the high point appears to be the top of a rocky outcrop a greater distance west of the fence with a rusty old anchor bolt and an Appalachian Trail 'Treat Box' on it. Fine views west and north through the trees.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:295 ft / 90 m
    Trailhead:Blue Ridge Parkway  3930 ft / 1197 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Calm, Partly Cloudy

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