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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

chilkootNot a pretty peak.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 1992


Absolutely the ugliest of the state highpoints I've been on (35). Interesting drive up from Virginia.
Posted Apr 15, 2007 11:14 pm

The edgeHP #24  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2002

The edge

Second of two... in the same day!!;
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:32 pm

lizrdboyFun to find  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 1998


Nice part of the country. It was good to have an excuse to go there.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 3:32 am

CRiedel2Highpoint #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2006


Drove to Black Mountain from Gloucester, Virginia. Nice, scenic drive from Abingdon, Virginia. Summit leaves a lot to be desired; A small industrial wasteland up there unfortunately. Highpoint #4.
Posted Dec 24, 2006 5:59 am

surgentYuck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2000


Trashed. Maybe things have improved since. Just there to mark it off my state HP list.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 8:06 pm

osatrikFamily Highpoints Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 1987


In 1987 our family did a highpoints driving trip and hit Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky's high points. This was our fifth in four days, back before the land owners required you to send in a release form. It was the 27th of my 49 state high points, and number 26 for Vanessa, number 13 for Hillary and Holly.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 5:50 am

royswkrSide road to fire tower gated, bottom steps missing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 1991
Posted Aug 8, 2006 10:53 pm

gwave477th Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006


Parked the car on 160 and walked the paved road to the top. Climbed through the gate and over to the summit tower, you couldn't climb the tower so I just took a quick pic in front of it as proof that I made it to the "very" top.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 1:29 am

NavySeabeeRoute Climbed: Summit Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2005


Got here from Grayson Highlands Park and Mount Rogers in less than 3 hours, but must say its the most disappointing highpoint that I have been to and that includes Ebright Azimuth in Delaware. The FAA dome and antennas are a nice touch...not. Least they could do is restore the observation tower. Oh well, check this box HP #7.
Posted Jul 21, 2006 10:50 pm

Holsti97Black Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2006


Drove to Appalachia, KY from Mount Rogers, VA shortly before dark. Drove up steep and curvy Hwy. 160 to the dirt road. Road very rough. Parked and hiked to the summit. Very trashy summit. I seriously considered cleaning the area up, but it was getting dark. Found benchmark and left. HP #12.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 11:23 am

jakefrisbeeCheck it off  Sucess!


Uh, I lost my waiver, yeah, that's it.
Posted Mar 15, 2006 3:41 am

Joseph ClaghornRoute Climbed: Drive-up Date Climbed: September 2004

Joseph Claghorn

Make this one part of a multi-highpointing adventure, or part of a trip to nearby areas. Expect to be disappointed.
Posted Jan 23, 2006 6:06 pm

kozRoute Climbed: Drive-up Date Climbed: September 17, 2003  Sucess!


Highpoint #26. Would have been our last stop in our effort to bag GA-SC-NC-TN-VA-KY in a day, but we realized that we would have hit this in the dark at 12:30 or 1 a.m. (this can be done - we wasted some time along the way). Crashed in Abingdon, tagged the summit in the morning. Agree with others: ugly summit, pretty views in the area.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 12:38 am

GMowryRoute Climbed: Gravel road Date Climbed: November 5, 2005  Sucess!
My first state highpoint. The scenery everywhere BUT the summit was beautiful. I plan to do Virginia next. Be sure to visit Kingdom Come Park if you go to this state highpoint.
Posted Nov 6, 2005 9:35 pm

TLPRoute Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: October 20, 2005  Sucess!


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.
Posted Oct 24, 2005 12:28 am

chmoore577Route Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: June 22, 2003  Sucess!


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".
Posted Sep 1, 2005 10:10 am

starship_jenRoute Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!


Pouring rain! Couldn't find the highpoint marker at first as it was hidden behind large bushes. The drive was dark and dreary, but it was more open up at the top.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:53 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: 1/22/02  Sucess!


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!
Posted Nov 27, 2004 6:07 pm

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