Ascent of Moores Knob on 2010-11-06

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, November 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Moores Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2579 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

Moore's Knob is not a tall mountain, but its cliffs rival any in NC. The 360-degree view from the tower is well worth the climb. On this brisk fall day, I could see 100 miles of the Blue Ridge in NC and VA, plus the skylines of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte.

I arrived at 3pm and the visitor center advised that it might be too late to get to the summit of Moore's Knob before the gates closed at 6pm. That turned out to be plenty of time to bag the HP, though I did it as an out-and-back rather than following the 5-mile Moore's Knob loop.

For campers, the summit hike would be 1.3 miles. Day hikers are not allowed to park in the campground, and it's almost 2 miles from the lakeside parking area--3.8 miles round trip. Beyond the campground, the trail climbs quickly (over 600 stone steps) to the lookout tower on the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1079 ft / 328 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1179 ft / 358 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:979 ft / 298 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 879 ft / 268 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Moore's Knob trail (W fork)
    Start Trailhead:Hanging Rock State Park lake trailhead  1700 ft / 518 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1079 ft / 328 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 979 ft / 299 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Moore's Knob trail (W fork)
    End Trailhead:Hanging Rock State Park lake trailhead  1600 ft / 487 m

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