Ascent of Hightop Mountain on 2018-03-17

Climber: Powen Ru

Others in Party:Yumei
Date:Saturday, March 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hightop Mountain
    Elevation:3587 ft / 1093 m

Ascent Trip Report

Warned by entrance ranger: Skyline Drive closed for potential freezing rain after 10:30am. I have 2-inch snow forecast in mind, but in the afternoon. The ranger suggested us to park at AT Swift Run Gap TH just in front of closed gate.
We followed AT, crossed Skyline Drive, stayed with AT until we saw the summit, finally bushwhacked our way to reach the top. After summit, we followed the spur trail back to AT, then Hightop Mountain Parking, finally followed closed Skyline Drive back to Swift Run Gap gate.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1547 ft / 471 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1547 ft / 471 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1467 ft / 447 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1227 ft / 374 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:NWN ridge
    Start Trailhead:Swift Run Gap AT TH  2360 ft / 719 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1307 ft / 398 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1227 ft / 374 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Hightop Spur Trail
    End Trailhead:Swift Run Gap AT TH  2360 ft / 719 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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