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Ascent of Sauratown Mountain on 2017-06-23

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sauratown Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2441 ft / 744 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sadly, this peak has been privatized and I could not find any information or plans by the State or any conservation group to construct a public trail or path to the summit.

From US 52 North in Winston Salem, take the NC 66 exit. Continue north past Rural Hall and then turn left on Taylor Road. Turn left again on Sauratown Road and head up the ridge until you reach a locked gate near the communication towers on top. Walk the rest of the way to the summit, which (ta da!) is surrounded by a fences. I believe the HP is near the middle tower.

On the way back down, I ran into a gentleman who was working on tower near the summit and also near the edge of the ridge. From the driveway to the tower, there was a clear view east. Once I explained what I was doing, he said "go ahead and take a gander". The view was amazing with Moore's Knob, Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain laid out in sequential order.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:95 ft / 28 m
    Total Elevation Loss:95 ft / 28 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and and Mild temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 65 ft / 20 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Road Hike, Bushwack
    Start Trailhead:Gate at the end of Sauratown Mountain  2376 ft / 724 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:80 ft / 24 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 65 ft / 20 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Bushwack to Road
    End Trailhead:Gate at the end of Sauratown Mountain  2376 ft / 724 m
    Time:10 Minutes



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