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Ascent of Brush Mountain on 2021-01-23

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brush Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:835 ft / 254 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tagged this off the Birkhead Mountain Loop (not the actual name of the trail loop here but it's what I'm calling it) because why not.

From the Robbins Branch Trail, I left the trail where the it makes a sharp bend to the east, directly east of the peak. Easy bushwhack up to the top and it isn't too steep. The top is a double summit with two huge rock outcroppings at both of them. Really isn't possible to tell which is higher so tagging them both made for some fun, minor rock scrambling.

It should be noted that the high point lies within an "island" of presumably private land that is surrounded by the National Forest. I did not see any posted signs prohibiting access to the HP.

Saw the clearing with the homestead mentioned in the previous trip reports. Saw posted signs in its direction. The old "homestead" appeared through the trees to be an old church and there was a water tower behind it. I have several questions - Does anybody live there? How the h*ck do you get to a house that's right in the middle of a Congressionally designated wilderness? Wasn't going to walk up to the front door to ask.

Bushwhacked back down to the trail and continued on.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Birkhead Wilderness Loop
    Start Trailhead:Tot Hill Farm Trailhead  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Birkhead 1/23

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Coolers Knob Mountain2021-01-23 
2Brush Mountain2021-01-23 
3Cedar Rock Mountain-South Peak2021-01-23 
4Cedar Rock Mountain2021-01-23 
5Birkhead Wilderness High Point2021-01-23 



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