Ascent of Crown Mountain on 2013-10-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, October 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Peak:Crown Mountain
    Location:U.S. Virgin Islands
    Elevation:1556 ft / 474 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took a taxi from our resort (Sugar Bay) over on the east end of the island and then had the driver drop us off at the Nisky Center. We walked down to get to the Bay (I wanted to touch water to start) but ran into too many fenced industrial tracks but found a place around 4 feet above sea level. That was our TH for vertical gain then we hiked back up to main drag intersection and took the advice of the taxi driver to walk up Crown Mountain Rd facing traffic and being very diligent to cars and trucks.

Karen and I found the bottom of the "urban hike" a bit challenging in trying to keep in the concrete curb and make sure we gave vehicles plenty of room to pass. Traffic thins out some as you go higher and there is more residential zoning. It was humid and it rained on us briefly. We were disappointed when we reached a construction effort where we were forced to detour very close to the top. Some landscapers in the same dilemma let us ride in the pickup back with all the chainsaws, gasoline, mowers, machetes and other fun cutting equipment as they detoured the blockage. We got out and re-hiked the vertical.

The top has a lot of towers including WGOD a religious tower that had a great view over the bays below. The very top is a bunch of towers seemingly around ever corner some gates closed and some closed with locks and barb wire.

We hiked down the north side of the mountain and stopped at a Grocery Store and called for the taxi there. The north side of the mountain had roads with nice homes to walk by and far less traffic.

My victory was to get this bagged after having missed it last trip with medical issues.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1581 ft / 481 m
    Total Elevation Loss:766 ft / 233 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1551 ft / 472 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Crown Bay Nisky Center to Crown Mountain Rd
    Start Trailhead:Taxi dropped off at Nisky Center then walked down   5 ft / 1 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:766 ft / 233 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 736 ft / 225 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:North Crown Mtn Rd to Lionel Pierre Berry Scenic D
    End Trailhead:Friendly Grocery Store (north side)  820 ft / 249 m

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