Ascent of Twin Tunnels Point 3720 on 2013-06-22

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, June 22, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Tunnels Point 3720
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3720 ft / 1133 m

Ascent Trip Report

This anonymous ridge is the backdrop for one of the most famous scenes on the Blue Ridge Parkway--the Twin Tunnels go through it.

No name is shown on the topo, but it may be known as Onion Knob, according to

It is the 8th highest ranked peak in McDowell County and the 38th highest in Yancey County.

The Mountain-to-Sea Trail will lead you to the summit. Park on the shoulder at BRP milepost 345. Walk southbound along the shoulder about 100 yards to the MST crossing. Head left (eastbound) and follow the trail up an easy grade as it passes over the southern tunnel and along a nearly level ridge. The HP is 0.6 miles from the BRP trailhead and is an outcropping about 10 feet above the trail.

Parking on the shoulder is legal along the BRP. If you are uncomfortable leaving your car there, park at the Singecat Ridge Overlook (mile 345.2) and walk 300 yards northbound to the MST crossing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:240 ft / 73 m
    Total Elevation Loss:240 ft / 73 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:MST eastbound
    Start Trailhead:BRP milepost 345  3480 ft / 1060 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:MST westbound
    End Trailhead:BRP milepost 345  3480 ft / 1060 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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