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Ascent of Tar Jacket Ridge on 2019-01-11

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Friday, January 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tar Jacket Ridge
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the AT crossing at Hog Camp Gap (accessible by 2WD) and hiked north on the AT almost to the summit, then walked over to the top. Old maps show the AT going west of the summit but it actually passes just east of it. The true summit is either the highest boulder in a boulder pile or a spot in the midst of a brier patch. Accessing the top might be easier in the winter when the briars are at a minimum, and the views are certainly great this time of year thanks to the lack of leaves and the clear air. I dawdled, but fast hikers could do this in 20 minutes from the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:525 ft / 159 m
    Extra Gain:85 ft / 25 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:AT at Hog Camp Gap  3485 ft / 1062 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
slightly above freezing
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:21 Minutes



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