Ascent of Pine Mountain on 2017-06-14

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pine Mountain
    Elevation:5526 ft / 1684 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the top of Wilburn Ridge (see TR there), I followed the blue-blazed Wilburn Ridge Trail down (roughly north) to its junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the north side of Wilburn Ridge summit, then took the AT to the summit area. (I am using "Wilburn Ridge" here as Peakbagger does to designate the most southerly of the summit areas above 5500 feet along the ridge extending SSE from Pine Mountain.) The AT is more open and easy to follow in the saddle between Wilburn Ridge (summit) and the summit listed here as Pine Mountain. Some scrambling and minor bushwhacking might be required to assure yourself you've reached the highest rocks at the top of Pine Mountain. Views, including the view of Mount Rogers to the northwest, are great. From the top, I took the AT all the way back to Grayson Highlands State Park property, bypassing the Wilburn Ridge Trail that I'd used on the way up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:251 ft / 76 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1091 ft / 331 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:251 ft / 76 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6 ft / 2 m; Extra: 245 ft / 74m
    Loss on way in:245 ft / 74 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail from south
    Start Trailhead:Wilburn Ridge  5520 ft / 1682 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:846 ft / 257 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:AT, state park trails
    End Trailhead:Massie Gap  4680 ft / 1426 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
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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