Ascent of Shepherd Mountain on 2015-10-09

Climber: jeff branin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, October 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shepherd Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:1150 ft / 350 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had earlier hiked up the Water Tank mountain north of the Mt Shepherd retreat. From that high point I descended down to the saddle with Shepherd Mt. At the saddle I crossed over the yellow blazed Loop trail and then ascended somewhat steep slopes to the fire tower. After enjoying fine views from the top I gingerly returned to earth and made my way over to the communication towers.

Retracing my way back along the road to the fire tower I then located the white blazed Duckwall trail and zigzagged my way back to the pond and subsequently to the Hedgecock Center parking lot.

An aside: Fire tower gate key was missing at the office; however, when I got to the tower I noted that someone(s) had used a railroad tie to pry a hole in the fence. Hopefully soon the key will turn up and the fence will be repaired.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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