Ascent of Rox Mountain on 2016-10-16

Climber: jeff branin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rox Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:740 ft / 225 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the end of Coles Mill and took trail across Eno on suspension bridge and then headed up to initial tee with forest road running north/south. Continued on Cox Mountain Trail passing volunteers working on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. When the Cox Mtn trail reached the power line swath I veered to the left and followed the red flagged MST to the flat summit of Cox. Shortly thereafter the MST crosses with a forest road. I got off the MST and turned right onto the forest road and headed west towards the summits of X688 and Rox.

The forest road from Cox was in good shape although a bit eroded as it climbed towards 688/Rox. This forest road ends at a tee with another forest road that travels north/south. I first visited the flat summit of X688. No views. I then hiked to the tee and turned right/north and headed along this N/S forest road for just a short distance before it forked. I took the right fork and within 150 yards had reached the flat summit of Rox. No views, but there are a few rock outcrops in the immediate summit area.

I left the summit area and headed south on the n/s forest road following it all the way down to a deer processing camp complete with brick smoker. A cable line swath heads east/west just south of the camp. I headed east. The swath is overgrown in places and riddled with blowdowns in other spots, but over all the travel was not bad. This cable line swath in a mile intersects with a power line swath. Just on the east side of that intersection I began hiking on a forest road that would take me back to that initial tee just after the suspension bridge crossing. Along this forest road I passed the remains of a flivver on the right and a couple of homesteads on the left.

Overall this was a pleasant loop hike. No mountain top vistas, but enough sights and sites along the way to keep me engaged. Likely a 4 to 5 mile roundtrip.

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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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