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Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2010-11-20

Climber: Scott Parkins

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3994 ft / 1217 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail from BRP is longer but much less steep than Sharp Top and also a lot less crowded (no one on way up, only about 8 on the way down). However, it is very rocky, so it's not for the sandles and flip flop crowd.

The only question is which rock outcrop is the high point? There are two rock candidates. The easy one next to the Flat Top sign, and the one near the overlook that requires a little bit of rock climbing to get to the top. Standing on the BM (which is directly between the two rocks), the one near the overlook looks higher by about a foot.

Note that this is a 4000' peak as the 3994' topo elevation is to the BM which is clearly short of the summit. The sign elevation of 4001' seems right to me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1494 ft / 455 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Flat Top Trail
    Trailhead:BRP Trailhead  2500 ft / 762 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes



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