Ascent of Highco Mountain on 2018-09-08

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Saturday, September 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Highco Mountain
    Elevation:2840 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the House Mountain overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked up. No trail. Directly across the road from the parking area is an eroded road cut, too steep to walk up. I avoid this by heading north on the parkway a very short distance, then cutting into the woods. I headed roughly southeast and then southwest to reach the northwest summit area. The top is somewhat weedy and the highpoint is not too obvious. I then traversed southeast through the saddle (a bit overgrown in places, but not too bad) to the southeast summit, which is the one Peakbagger has marked as the true summit. I couldn't tell just by looking which one was higher, but the southeast summit was more open and an enjoyable place to spend a few minutes. No views to speak of.

On the way down I spent some time scrambling around some neat boulders on the north end of the mountain (below the NW summit area). I doubt this area sees many visitors, but I did find the remains of a chair, probably used by a hunter, that I carried back to the overlook for disposal. I went down the west slope to intersect the parkway and return to my car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:365 ft / 111 m
    Total Elevation Loss:365 ft / 111 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:355 ft / 108 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 345 ft / 105 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:north and northeast slopes
    Start Trailhead:overlook parking lot  2495 ft / 760 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:355 ft / 108 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 345 ft / 105 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:west slopes
    End Trailhead:overlook parking lot  2495 ft / 760 m

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