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Ascent of Mill Mountain on 2020-03-21

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mill Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia/West Virginia
    Elevation:3293 ft / 1003 m

Ascent Trip Report

- planned to reach Stony Creek TH as James Barlow did, but Johnstown Rd (FS-92) was closed, both ends (requiring hiking on road 4.4mi from S or 3.6mi from SW).
- Rt675 is will paved, Wolf Gap has good parking and facilities.
- met two groups of young hikers coming down, may have climbed up early today for sunrise.
- they seemed not to care about social distance rules enforced nationwide.
- side trip to Big Schloss, the bridge being literally unnecessary for easy class-2 ledges.
- thought about go straight class-3 down climb toward NE, but retraced back to a cave shelter instead,
- found an easy shortcut through a gully to get back on Mill Mtn Trail, light bushwhacking along the way.
- side trip to 2842 as I saw a sign "Overlook"; Sandstone Spring had good flow.
- left the trail near summit, reasonable bushwhack to find the BM, not on HP, but close enough to the multi-stump tree.
- met a jeep driven by a forest ranger along Tuscacora Trail, then a thru-hiker seeking away from coronavirus turmoil.
- Sugar Knob Camp cabin looked good, so did the Spring.
- Johnstown Rd (FS-92) was actually good for any passenger car, no reason to close, but I had to travel on foot.
- the connector trail at 1804 was abandoned, overgrown at places, some bushwhacking effort required.
- following a "stone wall" (natural or artifact?) for a long section.
- road hike Rt675 to get back to Wolf Gap.
- winter ascent is possible.
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Benchmark with "MILL", in 1933. Some county highpointers did not find it. It is not far from the true high point multi-stump tree (2020-03-21). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2891 ft / 880 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2891 ft / 880 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.1 mi / 22.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1783 ft / 543 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1053 ft / 321 m; Extra: 730 ft / 222m
    Loss on way in:730 ft / 222 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:SW ridge
    Start Trailhead:Wolf Gap  2240 ft / 682 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2161 ft / 658 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1053 ft / 321 m; Extra: 1108 ft / 337m
    Gain on way out:1108 ft / 337 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:E slope
    End Trailhead:Wolf Gap  2240 ft / 682 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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