Ascent of Mount Rogers in 2009

Climber: Spencer Clary

Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

The only hike I've done in Virginia. The alignment within the range leads me to believe it is structurally related to the Beech-Snake-Rich mountains North of Boone, NC. The state park information center spoke of volcanic origins of the mountain, but the crags are reminiscent of Grandfather Mountain, and the peak seams to be part of the parallelogram massif of NC's High Country, with the corners corresponding to Roan mountain, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Rogers, and High Rock (Buck Mountain). Along with the Great Balsam Mountains and Roan Mountain, this is one of the very few large areas of Appalachian Bald meadow lands, and is the cream of the crop of mountain or ridge top hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Grayson Highlands Trail to Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:Grayson Highlands State Park  4629 ft / 1410 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail to Grayson Highlands Trail
    End Trailhead:Grayson Highlands State Park  4629 ft / 1410 m

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