Ascent of Fairfax County High Point on 2019-07-03

Climber: David Majors

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fairfax County High Point
    Elevation:520 ft / 158 m

Ascent Trip Report

The highest point in Fairfax County, Virginia, this location is marked "Comm Tower" on some contour maps. This location is not Gantt Hill which, due to development, no longer exists and whose former location is difficult to both reach, as it is in a gated condominium community, and pinpoint, as its features are gone. Regardless of the almost certain loss of Gantt Hill, this location was probably always a little higher in elevation.

Two prominent man-made features await you here. First is a 97-foot-high, 2.2 million-gallon-large, water tank - with "Tysons" painted on the side facing the clover-intersection of Chain Bridge Road (VA Rt. 123) and Leesburg Pike (VA Rt. 7). Second is a fenced military installation, Tysons Corner Communications Tower, also known as Site E. The tower is a classified United States military microwave tower administered by the Army out of Fort Belvoir. Built in 1952, it is designed as a major relay to preserve lines of communication between the President and military bases and troops in the field in the event of a nuclear attack.

Travel here by car to 1772 Pinnacle Drive, Tysons, VA 22102 near the present location of Da Domenico Ristorante. Pinnacle Drive once connected with Leesburg Pike, but now, due to new construction and development, it ends here and is reachable only from one direction. No matter, as this is where you will want to be. Plug in the address and hop out of the car and walk up to the fencing.

Most people believe the high-point is along the south side of fence between the tower and the Italian restaurant/small retail shops. Another promising point is the backside of the tower (west side) where a few trees stand on somewhat higher ground. Walk 5 minutes between the locations and you've bagged the peak.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
91° F

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