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Ascent of Middle Knob on 2013-03-16

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, March 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Knob
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:4208 ft / 1282 m

Ascent Trip Report

The summit of Middle Knob features the Great Channels of Virginia, a series of rock clefts that have been described as "caving without a roof". The channel entrance was a sheet of ice, and I didn't bring spikes, so I didn't explore very far.

The roundtrip hike is 6.2 miles, climbing 1200 feet. Follow the old fire-tower road from VA 80 at Hayters Gap (pronounced Hyders). This is now the eastern end of the Brumley Mountain Trail. The trail follows a gated private driveway for the first two-thirds of a mile to a switchback, where it continues straight ahead on the old firetower road. At 2.9 miles from the trailhead, there is a spur to the summit, which has a standing firetower with the first flight of steps removed. You'll begin to see the channels between the boulders at the foot of the tower, and the trail descends into them about 100 yards past the tower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1208 ft / 368 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Brumley Mtn Trail
    Trailhead:Hayters Gap  3000 ft / 914 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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