Ascent of Taylor Ridge-Bryan Benchmark on 2017-01-27

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taylor Ridge-Bryan Benchmark
    Elevation:1427 ft / 434 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used the gated dirt road on the east slope of Taylor Ridge for my ascent that Kevin Williamson referred to in his 2001 report. The road is still there and it is still gated, but the "no trespassing" signs were not attached. I did see one laying in the woods near the gate. The road was in great shape for hiking and it made for a pleasant ascent. "As the crow flies" my GPS gave a reading of .95 miles to the summit from my car, which I parked north of the gate 100 yards in an large open area on the west side of the road. This road makes a sharp left (south) turn .61 miles from the summit and when you are just .16 miles from the summit you must leave the road and hike on an unmaintained trail that had some orange flagging tied to trees here. Near the top the trail fades in and out a little, but it is always easy to find and you have hardly any bushwhacking. The 1934 "Taylor" benchmark is easy to find right beside the trail embedded in a concrete square. There is a partial view to the east and west through the trees, but I was here in January, so that might not be the case in the summer. The surrounding land is leased hunting ground, so save yourself a confrontation with angry hunters and avoid deer season and you should have an enjoyable climb like I did. My total roundtrip time from the car was 1 hour, but I hiked fast and even jogged a bit back down.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail

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