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Ascent of Reddish Knob on 2013-11-29

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Friday, November 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Reddish Knob
    Location:USA-Virginia/West Virginia
    Elevation:4397 ft / 1340 m

Ascent Trip Report

Reddish Knob and Flagpole Knob (Rockingham COHP) can both be bagged on the same trip if you have time and 4WD. However, the ridge was snow-covered the day I visited, so I drove only the paved road to Reddish Knob and decided to save the dubious gravel road to Flagpole for another day.

Directions on COHP.org usually bring you in from Exit 240 on I-81. However, if you are staying in Harrisonburg, that's 10 miles out of the way. Instead, take VA42 (John Wayland Highway) 4 miles south of Harrisonburg to the town of Dayton, where you turn R on VA257. Zero your odometer here and follow VA257 through several marked turns. At 8.8 miles, reach the store in Briery Branch and turn R, staying on 257. At 11.6, reach a T intersection with a sign on your right. This is where 257 becomes Road 924. Stay straight ahead and drive 6.5 miles up the ridgeline. At 18.1 miles from Dayton, reach Briery Gap. Here there are two paved roads to the left and a gravel road to the right. Take the leftmost road 2.2 miles to the top of Reddish Knob.

Ignore the graffiti at your feet and enjoy the 360-degree panorama.

At Briery Gap, what little I could see of the road to Flagpole looked OK. There had been some traffic in the two days since it snowed. This road has a reputation for not being well-maintained. If you can't drive it, the hike is 6 miles roundtrip from Briery Gap.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear



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