Ascent of Rocky Mountain on 2018-08-30

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Thursday, August 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Mountain
    Elevation:4072 ft / 1241 m

Ascent Trip Report

Think twice before you drive up the final stretch of road from Salt Rock Gap. I was able to make it in an AWD Mazda CX-5, which tracked well but kept me worried whether I had enough clearance. In hindsight, I would have been wiser to park at the gap and walk up. The summit is a 20-foot scramble up a mound of boulders in the brush on the left as you reach the top tower.

On your approach, set your GPS for 4500 Coffeytown Road, Vesuvius VA. That will put you on the right road not far from Salt Log Gap. Coffeytown is paved for several miles and is a good gravel road all the way up to the gap.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:4052 ft / 1235 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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