Ascent of Burkemont Mountain on 2018-07-05

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Burkemont Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2600 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

Follow the direction from my post on Walker Top from Morganton NC to Burkemount Mountain Road. Once you reach the top of the ridge, the road continues west along the 2400 foot contour. After about .5 miles look for a gate and an old unmaintained road on the right next to a row of evergreens. Park safely off the side of the road and hike up the spine of Burkemont Mountain westward following the old road which eventually peters out. You will need to bushwhack from here to the summit. Although I did not see any postings, someone has built a house on top, so always ask permission to enter upon their property. If you do so, you can see amazing views to the North, NE and NW, as well as limited views of the South Mountains in the other direction. There is a gated road/driveway up to the house further down Burkemont Road, but there is nowhere to pull off and it is heavily posted with a security camera, so I turned back and parked at the trailhead described above.

NOTE: This entire ridge is being developed into single family homes, so plan before you go and always ask permission when in doubt as to whether you are on private property or not.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:151 ft / 46 m
    Total Elevation Loss:151 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and and Mild temperatures
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:151 ft / 46 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 136 ft / 41 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Unmaintained Road and Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  2464 ft / 751 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:136 ft / 41 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Bushwhack, and Unmaintained Road
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  2464 ft / 751 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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