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Ascent of Cove Mountain-South Peak on 2017-10-07

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Tanya and Cassidy Stinson
Cassidy Stinson
Date:Saturday, October 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cove Mountain-South Peak
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2680 ft / 816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked north on the AT from the overlook at Mills Gap. The trail is obvious, well-marked and gently graded all the way. We had beautiful fall weather for most of hike, though the clouds closed in and light showers fell on us for the last mile or so. Note that the summit of Cove Mountain (South) is not directly on the AT; a short bushwhack to the rock pile marking the top is required, though not at all difficult. It's also worth noting that the point along the trail marked with a spot elevation of 2682' (and obvious from the trail) might be very nearly as high as the point further northeast marked as the summit here on Peakbagger.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:440 ft / 133 m
    Total Elevation Loss:440 ft / 133 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant
warm at first, minimal to no breeze, changing to overcast skies and light rain for the last half hou
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:340 ft / 103 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 240 ft / 73 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:AT north from Mills Gap
    Start Trailhead:Mills Gap Overlook  2440 ft / 743 m
    Time:1 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:340 ft / 103 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 240 ft / 73 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:AT north
    End Trailhead:Mills Gap Overlook  2440 ft / 743 m



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