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Ascent of Betsey Bell on 2004-08-06

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Friday, August 6, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Betsey Bell
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:1940 ft / 591 m

Ascent Trip Report

Staunton City's highest point is a hill called Betsey Bell, with good road access to near the top. From US-11 and Betsey Bell Drive near a Burger King, we followed the road up and into the trees. The road was in okay shape, but we had the tiniest passenger vehicle in the world, so we played it safe and parked in a turnout short of the summit. We walked the final 0.2 mile to the picnic area that also features a lookout deck. The views were nice, but the immediate area was full of fast-food trash, cans and bottles and various stuff. We walked back to our car and drove to our hotel.

The city is pronounced "Stanton", as I was corrected many times by my I-lived-in-Virginia-a-long-time wife. The hotel in town was nice, and we ate at a nice old ma-and-pa diner with great pies.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:1840 ft / 560 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail



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