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Ascent of Turk Mountain on 2020-03-26

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Tanya Stinson
Date:Thursday, March 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Turk Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2981 ft / 908 m

Ascent Trip Report

A beautiful early afternoon hike. Started and finished at the usual parking lot for this hike at Turk Gap on Skyline Drive. Note that you have to cross the road and go south a short ways on the AT to get to the beginning of the Turk Mountain Trail, which leads to the top of this mountain. The trail is a bit rocky and the summit area is a huge boulder pile, hence the class 2 rating... it's mostly class 1. Nice views to the west from the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:681 ft / 206 m
    Total Elevation Loss:681 ft / 206 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
a bit of haze over the valley, and a few thin, high clouds, but otherwise beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:531 ft / 161 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 381 ft / 116 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Turk Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Turk Gap parking, Skyline Drive  2600 ft / 792 m
    Time:38 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:531 ft / 161 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 381 ft / 116 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    End Trailhead:Turk Gap parking, Skyline Drive  2600 ft / 792 m



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