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Ascent of High Top Mountain on 2020-03-13

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, March 13, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:High Top Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2220 ft / 676 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not really that high compared to several other mountains in the area, but a decent hike. This mountain, or at least the side I visited, is part of a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy. They have a parking area that provides a convenient place to leave a vehicle while hiking here. I climbed High Top on an unseasonably warm Friday 13th. The trail is moderate near the bottom but gets steeper on the upper half. It's well marked and obvious all the way up. Views on the top are spoiled somewhat by the communications antennas, but this time of year, before the leaves are out, there are some nice views along the upper section of the trail. The current high point appears to be a pile of man-made debris, but the natural high point also appears to be in the vegetation nearby. Minor bushwhacking is required to visit the summit(s). The trail continues as a loop over to Woods Mountain on the other side of the "cove" and then back to the parking area, but I just went up High Top and back on this visit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1440 ft / 438 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:TNC trail
    Trailhead:TNC parking area, Fortunes Cove Rd.  820 ft / 249 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
surprisingly warm
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 46 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes



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