Ascent of Fisher Peak on 2010-07-11

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fisher Peak
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Virginia
    Elevation:3580 ft / 1091 m

Ascent Trip Report

Broadcast towers on summit spoil what could be a grandstand view of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge. BM was not evident. Summit is 3.3 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway just south of the Blue Ridge Music Center via Road 612 and Fisher Peak Road. This is a poorly maintained road blocked by a gate 0.6 miles from the summit. 4WD should be able to make it to the gate, but out of respect for the oilpan in my vintage Saturn, I parked halfway up and hiked up the last 1.7 miles.
NOTE: There is a Fisher Peak trail at the nearby Blue Ridge Music Center, but it stays at the foot of the mountain and does not lead to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:640 ft / 195 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Fisher Peak Road
    Trailhead:Fisher Peak Road  2940 ft / 896 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes

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