Ascent of Shepherd Mountain on 2017-07-14

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shepherd Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:1150 ft / 350 m

Ascent Trip Report

Randolph County HP.

This an interesting mountain in eastern Randolph County that has a high level of prominence. Not sure it is part of the Caraway Mountain range, but is located nearby. It is wooded, but the payoff is climbing the fire tower at the summit.

Directions: Take US 64 south of Asheboro and take a left on Mt. Shepherd Mountain Road and then another left on Mt. Shepherd Extension. Your destination for access is the Mt. Shepherd Retreat Center. Call the folks at the Mt. Shepherd Retreat Center at 336-629-4085 for permission to hike, and they may offer you a key to the tower.

When went, I picked up a key from the head counselor and walked up the moderate path to the summit. The HP is actually just below the fire tower. I was blessed with a beautiful day and spectacular views in all directions of the Uwharrie Mountains and the skyline of Greensboro in the distance. The tower is well constructed, so if you are not afraid of heights you are in for a treat!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:740 ft / 224 m
    Total Elevation Loss:740 ft / 224 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear and Calm day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:620 ft / 188 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 500 ft / 152 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Maintained Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot at Trailhead  650 ft / 198 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:620 ft / 188 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 500 ft / 152 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Maintained Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at Trail End  650 ft / 198 m
    Time:25 Minutes

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