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Ascent of Onion Mountain on 2015-01-19

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Onion Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3812 ft / 1161 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Sunset Field. Walked old road paralleling the Blue Ridge Parkway to a clearing, then followed a trail roughly southward to a second clearing. From there, bushwhacked more or less directly up north ridge to summit. Beautiful day, with cool air and good visibility. Visibility would be limited in summer since summit area is tree-covered. Found a red/orange-blazed trail along the way (maintained by ?), as well as a tepee made of sticks and some abandoned buildings that were possibly once parts of the Air Force facility on Apple Orchard Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:402 ft / 122 m
    Route:N ridge from Blue Ridge Parkway
    Trailhead:3410 ft / 1039 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Bright sun, variable breeze, essentially no clouds. Temp estimated at about 45 degrees F.



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