Ascent of Wilburn Ridge on 2017-06-14

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wilburn Ridge
    Elevation:5520 ft / 1682 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up from Massie Gap parking area after visiting Haw Orchard Mountain earlier. Took the Rhododendron Trail and then the North Horse Trail, then joined with the Appalachian Trail (AT) near the park boundary, where there's an obvious sign with a map and a fence with a gate. Saw quite a few of the feral ponies along the way. Beyond the gate, I took the blue-blazed Wilburn Ridge Trail off the AT to the top of Wilburn Ridge and enjoyed the view there for a few minutes before continuing on to Pine Mountain.

The Wilburn Ridge Trail is notably more rocky and narrow than the parallel section of the AT, but it was not hard to follow thanks to excellent blazes, often painted on the rocks. The final section to the top of Wilburn Ridge was a short rock scramble, at least as I climbed it. There might be an easier way to the top but I enjoyed the brief "hands-on" experience.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:870 ft / 265 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:870 ft / 265 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 840 ft / 256 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Wilburn Ridge Trail from south.
    Start Trailhead:Massie Gap  4680 ft / 1426 m
    Time:1 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Pine Mountain (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wilburn Ridge2017-06-14870 ft / 265 m
2Pine Mountain2017-06-14251 ft / 77 m
Total Trip Gain: 1121 ft / 342 m    Total Trip Loss: 1121 ft / 342 m

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