Ascent of Hightop Mountain on 2017-09-22

Climber: John Kriz

Date:Friday, September 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hightop Mountain
    Elevation:3587 ft / 1093 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike in the Shenandoah National Park, from South River Picnic Area to Hightop Hut. It is approximately 13 miles round trip and has a couple persistent uphill sections of climb.
On the way to Hightop Hut is the actual peak of Hightop. There is a short side trail from the Appalachian Trail that goes to the top. I did find a survey marker, but only one.
The Hightop Hut is a fairly standard 3 sided structure with an internal mezzanine and can sleep approximately 8. There is one privy at this location, a couple poles to hang food bags from. I did not see a food locker. The spring was pretty good and flowing. There are also several very good tent sites right nearby.
VLOG here:
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Survey marker located near peak on west side of trail. (2017-09-22). Photo by John Kriz.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John Kriz
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