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Ascent of Phoenix Mountain on 2015-04-22

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Phoenix Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4710 ft / 1435 m

Ascent Trip Report

For about a mile E of the town of Jefferson, NC-88 and US-221 share the same road. At their western junction, where they split, I headed W on NC-88. 0.8 mile later, I turned R (N) on N Main, for which the sign is obscure and easily missed. 0.9 mile later, I turned L on Ashe Park Rd, where a sign indicates that this is the way to Ashe County Park. 0.4 mile later, I entered the park itself. I headed up the main park road for 0.3 mile until it ended at a parking lot at a frisbee golf course and a playground.

For the hike from here I used Tom Layton's excellent report. He advises using GPS, but ironically his report is so good that it totally eliminates any need for GPS. In fact I was able to navigate entirely on his verbal directions. I carried a topo map, but I hardly ever used it since Tom's report is all you really need.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1690 ft / 515 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:south Ridge
    Trailhead:Ashe County Park  3120 ft / 950 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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