Ascent of Fisher Peak on 2018-01-25

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, January 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fisher Peak
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Virginia
    Elevation:3580 ft / 1091 m

Ascent Trip Report

Surry 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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