Ascent of Nags Head Woods on 2018-09-19
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, September 19, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Nags Head Woods|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||90 ft / 27 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAndy Hatzos, in one of his usual meticulous and painstaking LiDAR analyses, has determined that this summit is less than a foot and a half lower than the base of the monument at the nearby Wright Brothers Memorial. However, exactly what the level of the highest natural surface is at the Memorial is less well known, and I share Tom Layton's skepticism on this point. It may be that this summit actually is the highest natural surface in Dare County. It might be instructive to examine a topographic map that dates prior to the construction of the monument at the Memorial.
For this easy hike a look at Andy's exhaustive trip report, which includes photographs, is helpful. Tom Layton's trip report is also helpful.
I approached the trailhead by driving south on US 158. There are mileposts (and half-mile posts) as this highway runs south. Ocean Acres Drive is about halfway between mileposts 9 and 10, and there is a traffic light at the intersection with US 158. I turned right (west) and drove past the end of the pavement and onto a single-lane dirt road. The parking area and Nature Conservancy visitor's center will be obvious on the left.
Ordinarily, one hikes Trail 1 (Center Trail) to its intersection with Trail 2 (Sweetgum Swamp Trail), then hikes the latter to the well-described spur trail takes one to the summit ridge. However, on this day the Center Trail was closed because of flooding caused by the recent passage of Hurricane Florence. I spoke with a young lady from the Nature Conservancy who said to take the trail behind the picnic tables next to the parking area until it intersected Trail 2, which is what I did. As Andy noted, the high ground is along the power line and is obvious. As he also noted, the ground just to the right of the trail is a bit higher, so I walked around there for a bit, acquiring some vegetation seeds attached to my socks.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Clear|
Sunny; warm and humid
| Gain on way in:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 70 ft / 21 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m|
| Loss on way in:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Route:||Unofficial trail, Trail 2, spur trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Parking lot at visitor's center 20 ft / 6 m|
| Time:||15 Minutes|
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