Ascent of Lower Wilburn Ridge on 2013-11-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, November 24, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Lower Wilburn Ridge|
| Elevation:||4920 ft / 1499 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI can see why Rickey Shortt has done this hike so many times. It is really surprisingly quite simple and beautiful. From the parking area the ridge looks lackluster and boring. Only the wild sheltand ponies are a draw. So Daniel came with me up far enough to look at the ponies. Karen and Willie hung out in the warm car after the last long hike.
After checking out the poines I continued up and around the ridge and I was surprised to see how suddenly the vistas opened up! The twin peaks above upper Wilburn Ridge are above 5,000 feet and are quite attractive. The entire area has a lot of grassy slopes providing huge expansvie views and plenty of fun little rock piles to draw you in. I found myself playing around the lower Wilburn Ridge along the AT looking at each pile of rocks and climbing them to see which pinnacle was the tallest. Surprisingly, the tallest of the pinnacles was the one furthest along the lower shoulder and the views were great off of each.
On the way back the ponies were higher up on the slope and I had to walk through a herd of about 20 ponies. I ran to the car from there wishing I had my family on this nice little additional hike-summit.
Extra gain was from climbing the other pinnacles on the shoulder.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||360 ft / 109 m|
| Extra Gain:||60 ft / 18 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||AT Spur Trail to the AT|
| Trailhead:||Upper Parking near Massie Gap 4680 ft / 1426 m|
| Grade/Class:||1 and some easy 3|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Weather:||Frigid, Breezy, Clear|
10F at trailhead. Colder at top and wind chill
|Ascent Part of Trip: Haw-Pinnacle-Wilburn|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1535 ft / 468 m Total Trip Loss: 1535 ft / 469 m
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