Ascent of Pine Mountain-Sugar Knob on 2011-05-15

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pine Mountain-Sugar Knob
    Elevation:2680 ft / 816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thought i would stop in and get some more excercise on way to Lexington. Love to explore state parks and find their HPs. This park has lots of bridges, small caves, and other erosional features to look at. The big steep slab has many trails around it but the best route is simply to class 2 up Raven Rock. A few places so steep had to put a hand down for balance so call it a 2+ or perhaps an easy class 3 in a few places.

At top of slab I bushwhacked to what i thought was the HP of the park and on the USGS it shows as high as any other knob on the top but i belive the taller place to be near the shed/HQ on the top near the end of the powerlines. They call it Sugar Knob up there.

Once bushwhacking the false peak I re-acquired the steep slab of Raven Rock and found the power easement and then climbed it to the top (est of the ravine) and found what the park rangers call Sugar Knob. They call it the top of the mountain. The USGS is not detailed enought to confirm not was my GPS sensitive enough so i called it the HP but there are alternates near it which i also did. Thus, the extra gains.

Started at 2,300 at parking
Peaked 2,680 after climbing the slabs of Raven Rock then bushwhacking top
Down climbed slabs to 2480
Peaked 2,690 after powerline trail and easement climb
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:580 ft / 175 m
    Total Elevation Loss:580 ft / 176 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2, and 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:380 ft / 115 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Raven Rock TH to slab then Powerline TH
    Start Trailhead:parking lot near dammed lake  2300 ft / 701 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:580 ft / 176 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 380 ft / 115 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:same  2300 ft / 701 m

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