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Ascent of Big Flat Mountain on 2005-03-19

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Saturday, March 19, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Flat Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3389 ft / 1032 m

Ascent Trip Report

Snow on the ground made it a short, interesting hike -- better than simply driving into the campground in the summer, anyway. I parked on the Skyline Drive at the Doyle Rivers Trailhead (milepost 81.1 or so) and followed the AT towards the top of Loft Mountain. The upper part of the route was snow-covered. When I reached the spur trail leading towards the campground amphitheater, I followed it for a ways then bushwhacked directly uphill for a short distance once I got closer to the top. Although the campground roads were mostly clear, there was snow on the actual highpoint. No one else was around except the deer and woodpeckers. (Copied from my report on cohp.org.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:519 ft / 158 m
    Route:AT
    Trailhead:Doyles River Overlook  2870 ft / 874 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Snow on ground, none falling.



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