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Ascent of Trayfoot Mountain on 2020-09-05

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Trayfoot Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3374 ft / 1028 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Blackrock (q.v., and note that this is not the Blackrock Summit well to the north of here near Big Meadows) I followed the Trayfoot Mountain Trail (blue blazes) to its junction with the Furnace Mountain Trail and turned left to stay on the Trayfoot Mountain Trail to the top of the mountain. Once at the trail marker on top of the mountain, I explored SW and NE within the highest contour to be sure I touched the actual summit, which isn't particularly obvious. The lookout tower marked on the USGS map is long gone. The trail is obvious and well graded (following an old road bed part of the way), though a little overgrown on the highest section. On the way down I took the Blackrock Hut fire road for the very last section of the descent. It comes out at the lower end of the parking area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:260 ft / 79 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful, in the upper 60s and high thin clouds only.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Trayfoot Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Blackrock  3114 ft / 949 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Trayfoot Mountain Trail / AT / fire road
    End Trailhead:Blackrock Summit Parking  2974 ft / 906 m
    Time:43 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Blackrock Summit & Trayfoot (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Blackrock2020-09-05180 ft / 55 m
2Trayfoot Mountain2020-09-05260 ft / 79 m
2Bush Mountain2020-09-11232 ft / 71 m
Total Trip Gain: 672 ft / 205 m    Total Trip Loss: 777 ft / 237 m



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