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Ascent of Bush 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
Peak:Bush Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3527 ft / 1075 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Bearfence Mountain I continued north on the AT past the access trail to Bearfence Parking area (which was closed). Continued north until the trail rose slightly, then bushwhacked up towards summit. Summit area is relatively flat although there are a few rock outcrops on top and on the west side, but they don't interfere with hiking. Buchwhack was grassy, weedy, and wet. I hunted aroud and foudn a couple of candidates for the true summit. Buchwhacked back down to the AT (flushing a grouse along the way), took the AT back to the access for Bearfence Parking area, then took that down to Skyline Drive and followed the road back to my car (see Bearfence Mountain TR for part one of trip).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:232 ft / 70 m
    Total Elevation Loss:367 ft / 111 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Low Clouds
still foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:152 ft / 46 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:AT from south, bushwhack on SW ridge
    Start Trailhead:3375 ft / 1028 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:367 ft / 111 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 287 ft / 88 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:west ridge / AT / Skyline Drive shoulder
    End Trailhead:Skyline Drive parking at MP 56.7  3240 ft / 987 m
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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