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sgb02dFound It  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2010


It was a little spooky driving up the steep winding road in a raincloud. Don't expect to be awarded with a view. Just play it as a scavenger hunt to find the summit and you will have a good time.
Posted May 4, 2010 10:14 am

WoundedKneeStretched my legs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2010


Walked the road from KY-160. I didn't think it was as bad as some have posted, but certainly not worth a long trip unless you're a state HPer.
Posted Apr 13, 2010 6:51 am

IHaveArrivedHP #11  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2009


The only exciting thing about this high point was meeting up on that narrow road with a large truck and a driver that looked like he wanted to kill me.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 2:25 am

maddie77777I wish they'd do more for this HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2009


I really wish they'd do more for this hike, but the most exciting/scary thing was that at the top, there was a small building.........and there was banjo bluegrass music coming out of it. A nice little Deliverance moment to start our day.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 6:15 pm

mlandau3A Weird Place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009


An exciting drive up to the trailhead (from the Virginia side), but the FAA tower was really strange.
Posted Jul 19, 2009 12:14 pm

mad maximusNothing to see ...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

mad maximus

Boring HP. Not much to see... short walk uphill.
Posted May 28, 2009 5:08 pm

RedwicNice Way To End The Day...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2009


After having already summited multiple other peaks and hiked many miles of trails earlier in the day, this was a pleasant way to end the day. Rather than drive to the summit, I walked the final 0.1-mile up to the summit area (What a workout!!! lol). I then looked for, and found, the USGS Benchmark.

This was State Highpoint #37 for me, overall.
Posted May 27, 2009 2:32 am

LMatallanaAmazing Race  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009
Justin Boyle HP #6, Luis Matallana HP #7
3 of 6 HPs for the weekend. This HP does look like a construction site.
Posted Apr 3, 2009 11:50 pm

skinnywhitecomicHP #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


This took forever to find, because GoogleMaps got me lost. I eventually made it to the tower at 9:30 at night. But since I couldn't see anything, and it was scary being up there by myself at night, I stayed just long enough to get a picture in front of the tower and get the hell out of there. I do wish I had gotten a picture of the USGS marker.
Posted Sep 1, 2008 4:34 pm

ChinigoHP #8 - short walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2003


I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 3 yrs old) did this as part of our second family HP trip.

Not exactly a beautiful mountaintop.
Posted Aug 19, 2008 1:59 pm

kavakAppalachia Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 1985


My wife and son were with me on this one. They did not have any interest in the summit at the time, so I hiked the short distance on my own. When I returned there was a pickup next to my car. I went over to talk with them and they told me it wasn't safe to leave my family in the car there. I wasn't completely sure what they meant by that but we left there with somewhat of a loss of innocence in the highpointing world.
Posted Jul 1, 2008 10:17 am

2skinnersHP # 14  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008


Originally planned to do 3 Highpoints this weekend but weather and time became a factor. Originally was going to forget this one for VA & TN but ended up doing this one when thunderstorms and lots of rain were called for VA. My wife and I had just avoided a thunderstorm in TN and drove our way to the top of this HP. The drive was pretty, the summit was not. It still was better than Delewares' (mainly because nobody was watching me take a picture of myself up here, so I didn't have to be embarrassed) Found the benchmark under the tower. Glad to be done with this one. Alot of driving for 2 days!!
Posted Jun 29, 2008 11:44 pm

IlafanMilk snake and coal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008


I liked this HP despite breaking my damn camera while climbing the fire tower. I saw my first ever poisonous snake here...a beautiful copperhead. Ooops. Not a copperhead, but still beautiful. It was a milk snake.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 8:46 pm

Tracy19th state highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2008


I drove to the top and found a survey marker (benchmark) under the rickety old tower on what has been described as the true highpoint. Views from the top of the old tower are pretty good (the bottom ten feet of stairs are missing). There was country music blaring from inside one of the equipment shelter buildings, but no one else was around.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 12:06 am

tiogaDead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2008


Climbed up from Rt 160 along the paved service road. Saw a van with a Nebraska license coming down as I was going up. I'm sure they were highpointers, as I am. The top was a little disgusting, but the walk through the woods reminding me a lot of Northern PA, where I am from. Everything was still dead and spring had not yet sprung on the higher elevations of these mountains.
Posted Apr 21, 2008 1:39 pm

jimeganBLACK MTN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2007


Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:28 pm

eric-grizIllegal visit
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006


I didn't sign the waiver! Take that King Coal!!!
Posted Nov 9, 2007 8:17 pm

weeds19Litter central  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2003


The summit was quite trashed on my visit, but the views were nice and litter can be picked up easily.
Posted Sep 27, 2007 12:47 am

Tbacon2519-11 Memorial  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007


Scott Shoemaker and I climbed to KY's highest point on behalf of the law enforcement climbing team, "COPS ON TOP". This was done in honor of the people who died in the 9-11 attacks as well as the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in 2007.
Posted Sep 18, 2007 11:20 pm

rkrevaldOur Sixteenth HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007


My dog Spanky and I made it to the top of Black Moutain, KY on a beutiful sunny day. The summit is a little dissapointing - basically an antenna farm. However, the hike up through the dense, green hardwood forest was enjoyable. Not much of a view from the top. The drive up from VA was extremely scenic.

Please check out our trip report at http://50summits.blogspot.com
Posted Jun 14, 2007 7:23 am

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