Ascent of Fisher Peak on 2018-01-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, January 25, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina/Virginia|
| Elevation:||3580 ft / 1091 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSurry County NC and Carroll County VA High Points.
From I-77 take the BRP south to FR 612 and Fisher Peak Road, just past the Folk Arts Center. Fisher Peak Road is an easily traveled gravel road for about 1 mile or so. Then, depending on your vehicle clearance you can go further (my Mustang would not clear many of the bumps in the road, so I parked about 2.4 miles from the summit).
Walked the rest of the way up the moderately steep track. At a gap near the HP, you will pass the TriPoint of Carroll-Grayson and Surry Counties. When I arrived in January, this was inside a frozen mud puddle! Near the summit, the road becomes twisty and steep. The humming of the communication towers on top will help guide you to your destination.
Reached the HP at 2.4 miles and then trudged around the area to find several rock outcrops that provide spectacular views of the valley in Surry County below. Lest I thought I was the only one who had been here before, I was met by graffiti on the rocks that stated among other things "will you be my girl?". Retrace your steps and be careful on the drive down as the bumps in the road seem higher going downhill.
4.88 miles round trip.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||795 ft / 241 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||795 ft / 241 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.8 mi / 7.8 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Weather:||Frigid, Windy, Clear|
Clear and bitterly cold
| Gain on way in:||780 ft / 237 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 765 ft / 233 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m|
| Loss on way in:||15 ft / 4 m|
| Distance:||2.5 mi / 4 km|
| Route:||Maintained Road and trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Pull off on Maintained Road 2815 ft / 858 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 5 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||780 ft / 237 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 765 ft / 233 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m|
| Gain on way out:||15 ft / 4 m|
| Distance:||2.3 mi / 3.8 km|
| Route:||Trail and Maintained roadbed|
| End Trailhead:||Pull off on Maintained Road 2815 ft / 858 m|
| Time:||45 Minutes|
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