Ascent of Sharp Knob on 2022-04-15

Climber: Steven Fishback

Date:Friday, April 15, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sharp Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4532 ft / 1381 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sharp Knob at 4532ft is on the WV 4500ft list within the Monongahela National Forest.

An easy hike from the FS24C gate ( 38.42446,-80.16001 ) to a communication tower location. Very good views on the walk up. Up and back in 30 minutes.
I jumped off road too soon near a large cement thingy (old privy?) and started up the rocks. Instead just take the road around to the communication towers. I found a "GAULEY" reference BM but not the actual benchmark.

Driving here was long. US219/WV55 onto Mine Rd or WV219/1. There's are forest restrooms and trailhead just across the bridge.
A long drive up on a very good road. At a curve there's a trailhead parking lot for Gauley trail and road name changes to FS24. At the intersection of Leatherwood S and Gauley Mnt Rd turn right. There's a gate and sign for 24C this is your trailhead. I was really here to check out my game plan for hiking Gauley BM tomorrow. See Gauley BM peak for details.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:259 ft / 78 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:259 ft / 78 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:FS24C: 38.42446,-80.16001  4273 ft / 1302 m
    Time:27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Steven Fishback
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