Ascent of Shepherd Mountain on 2011-03-12

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, March 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shepherd Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:1150 ft / 350 m

Ascent Trip Report

The HP on the mountain is inside a fence at a communications tower. However, the HP of the trip (as Brian Bockhahn discovered) is climbing the 120-foot fire tower near the summit. Call the good folks at the Mount Shepherd Retreat Center at 336-629-4085 for permission to hike, and they may offer you a key to the tower. The March wind was whipping and I didn't have the nerve to go all the way to the top, but the view above the tree line was spectacular. The skylines of Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro were visible. Beyond them, Pilot Mountain, the Sauratown Mountains, and part of the Blue Ridge. The computer ( says it is possible to see Elk Knob 104 miles W/NW (bearing 292). It was not clear enough to verify today, but it certainly seems possible. That would make Mount Shepherd one of at least 35 COHPs visible from my "home" mountain.

My 65th COHP and 33rd in NC.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Tower trail
    Trailhead:Mount Shepherd lake  650 ft / 198 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes

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