Route Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: October 20, 2005
Went there in late afternoon, and nobody was around. Regret not climbing that lookout tower. Should have. For all the stuff I read about it being hard to find ,and the permit and all that, there was like no need to worry. Nobody was around, the waiver wasn't needed, and it's easy to get to.
Route Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: June 22, 2003
Property was overgrown and looked terrible. By far the worst highpoint so far from an aesthetic standpoint. Marker was covered by weeds under the firetower. The steps to the bottom two levels of the tower were missing. Will decided he was climbing the tower anyway and shimmied up a metal base pole until he reached wooden steps probably 20 feet up. He then walked the steps all the way to the top. Upon his return I asked him how the view from the top was. His reply... "good".
I parked my care at the base of the summit road, just between the "Welcome to Virginia" and "Welcome to Kentucky" signs. It was a 3 mile round trip hike on some ice and snow to the summit, with an elevation gain of about 250 feet. The drive up was very pretty, but no decent overlooks to stop and take photos!