Ascent of Horse Trough Mountain on 2016-09-16
|Date:||Friday, September 16, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Horse Trough Mountain|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||785 ft / 239 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked at the Wood Run Trailhead on Route 24/27 west of Troy. Hiked west along the Uwharrie Trail paralleling Route 24/27 for a short ways before the Uwharrie Trail turned to the north and passed thru a powerline swath. Shortly after the trail traveled along the west side of the Wood Run stream. I passed a couple campsites along the west bank. The second site had a large campfire ring. Immediately after the trail began climbing along the base of
Horse Trough Mountain. Not long after when the trail leveled out I departed to the left/west and hiked steeply up to the summit area passing across an old logging road twice. Underbrush was not a problem on the ascent.
Near the high point a cairn had been erected along with a pole and a sign that simply said "118." Nearby I found a compass. From the high point I traversed the level ridge north for a couple minutes before doing a 180 and hiking the length of the ridge south to the boundary line. There is some remnants of a ridge track on top, but it's difficult to follow at times due to blowdowns and shrubbery-sized maples.
Followed the boundary signs back down to the Uwharrie Trail and returned to my vehicle. About two miles RT.
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