Ascent of Bald Knob on 2012-08-18

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Knob
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP #100: Amherst County, VA - contender #3 of 3, Bald Knob (4,040+) - Aug 18, 2012:

Amherst County, VA has 3 different contenders for the county high point, and unlike a lot of other "multiple" point counties, all 3 peaks are separate hikes and pretty decent peaks. Well, Rocky has a bunch of antennas, so it sucks, but Mt Pleasant is one of the best Virginia hikes I have done, and Bald Knob was not too far behind. Both Bald Knob and Mt Pleasant are hiked from the same trailhead (Mt Pleasant TH). I had already done the other 2 contenders, Rocky & Pleasant, the weekend before. I drove here the evening before and crawled into the back of the rental Jeep Patriot to sleep. Much more comfortable than the Toytoa Corolla. I still wish I had a sleeping bag to sleep outside... I was up first thing in the morning to get all of the hiking and driving I had planned in for the day. I hiked back out the dirt roads to the AT Trailhead along FR-48 and headed south on the AT over Cole Mtn to Bald Knob. I wandered the summit area to get the high ground and took some pictures near a cairn. From Bald Knob, you can make a nice loop of the hike by descending the Hotel / Old Hotel Trail. I saw it signed as the Hotel Trail and Old Hotel Trail, but it's the same trail. Follow this down to the AT hut, then up for a bit to a very nice camping spot by a large tree. From there, the trail is pretty much flat back to the Mt Pleasant Trailhead. I think that this was an excellent county to reach #100: a fine loop hike in a beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mtns and it is also a P2k contender in addition to a CoHP contender. Pics

7.77 mi total
8.2 mph max
2h 37m moving time
13m stopped
3.0 mph avg speed
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:764 ft / 231 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:564 ft / 171 m
    Route:AT Southbound
    Start Trailhead:3476 ft / 1059 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:Old Hotel Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Bald 8/12

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cole Mountain2012-08-18 a565 ft / 172 m
2Bald Knob2012-08-18 b764 ft / 233 m
Total Trip Gain: 1329 ft / 405 m    Total Trip Loss: 200 ft / 61 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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