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Ascent of Bearfence Mountain on 2020-09-11

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 11, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bearfence Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3560 ft / 1085 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second summit of the day after Lewis Mountain. The Bearfence Mountain parking area was blocked by cones when I arrived (though it was open later in the day), so I parked at the next parking area to the south. Crossed the road and headed a little south, followed a fire road a short distance, and picked up the AT and headed north. Switchbacks lead up to a junction with the Bearfence Loop Trail, and this leads reasonably close to the summit. Mild but rocky bushwhack leads to the distinct summit. I followed to loop trail to a short access trail leading back to the AT, then continued north to do Bush Mountain next.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:294 ft / 89 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 151 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, White-out
foggy and mild, occasional breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:234 ft / 71 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 114 ft / 35 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:AT from south, Bearfence Loop Trail
    Start Trailhead:Skyline Drive MP 56.7 parking  3446 ft / 1050 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:380 ft / 115 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 98 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Bearfence & Appalachian trails
    End Trailhead:AT at Bearfence access trail  3240 ft / 987 m



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