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Ascent of Little Black Mountain-Lee County High Point on 2011-02-19

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Black Mountain-Lee County High Point
    Location:USA-Kentucky/Virginia
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

After visiting Black Mountain, I stopped at the gap N of the Doubles and hiked the road down to the Lee County HP. The summit point is indefinite. With a three-county corner, I expected to find a survey mark, but the best I could do was to trample around where the Wise-Lee ridge reaches the state-line ridge.

The road would be passable by 4WD if the winter blowdowns were removed. Except for the first and last parts, most of the outbound hike is downhill. The last mile follows a natural gas pipeline. Heavy mining within a quarter mile could eventually threaten this summit.

I estimate 5 miles round trip. 1:10 outbound, 1:15 return.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:602 ft / 183 m
    Extra Gain:240 ft / 73 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Mining road
    Trailhead:Black Mtn summit road 0.8m from Va 160  3882 ft / 1183 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes



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