Ascent of Nags Head Woods on 2018-09-19

Climber: Fred Lobdell

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 Report

Andy 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics

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