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Scrambling ManHorses, Cows, Boy Scouts, and Through-Hikers, Climbed: Fall of 2003  Sucess!

Scrambling Man

My wife and I were living in Virginia at the time and decided to climb the highest point in the state. The summit leaves a lot to be desired (like a view), and you never know what or who you'll run into on the AT.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 4:32 am

sprossedaRoute Climbed: AT from Wilburn ridge Date Climbed: November 2005  Sucess!


Grayson highlands is a very special area, unique in the south. Trail ran to summit from Wilburn ridge. Beautiful views of ponies, balds, rock crags, and distant mountains from highlands. Actual summit is covered in dense, beautiful spruce/fir forest so nothing to see on top.
Posted Jan 27, 2006 12:19 pm

Joseph ClaghornRoute Climbed: Grayson Highlands Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!

Joseph Claghorn

Very different than your standard Appalachian Hiking. the openess of the meadows with the rock outcroppings is remeniscent of points further west. Its also one of the few Southern Highpoints you actually have to hike to get to, so it has a rare wilderness feel.
Posted Jan 24, 2006 10:36 pm

kozRoute Climbed: From Elk Garden Date Climbed: September 16, 2003  Sucess!


Highpoint #25; halfway there!!! Fifth stop in our attempt to bag GA-SC-NC-TN-VA-KY in a day. Started the hike in late afternoon / early evening. Surprised at how far we had to go around the mountain, actually losing elevation, before finding the spur trail to the summit. Several people we met along the way had given up. Descended via headlamp.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 12:33 am

TLPRoute Climbed: AT via Massie Gap Date Climbed: October 20, 2005  Sucess!


Wow! What a spectacular hike. Yeah there's no views on summit, but the whole hike there is great views! Even saw the wild ponies at the very end of the day. If you haven't been to Mt. Rogers, go there. Now!
Posted Oct 24, 2005 12:24 am

chmoore577Route Climbed: Massie Gap AT Date Climbed: June 22, 2003  Sucess!


My 8th state highpoint. Very scenic hike up and peaceful secluded summit. No view from the summit, but great views on the hike more than make up for it.
Posted Sep 1, 2005 10:02 am

e-docRoute Climbed: all Date Climbed: TNTC  Sucess!


Up 2 weeks ago with my 8 yo son his 2nd state HP. A great winter hike from any TH. Can be very windy in open
(experienced -40 WC in winter), deep snow in woods (2+ feet) on AT, take snowshoes. Easy bushwhack off back side to Deep Gap
Posted Aug 17, 2005 11:53 am

mylesRoute Climbed: spur off Appalachian trail Date Climbed: October 1978  Sucess!


Many visits since then. Wilburn Ridge is my favorite area to camp. Fun scrambling on the pinnacles there, and a more alpine feel than most of the Southeast.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 2:32 pm

starship_jenDate Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!


Lots of variety in terms of landscape. Grass, rocks, trees, boulders. Loved the wild ponies!! Got caught in the rain on the descent only 1/2 mile from the parking lot.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:43 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: AT from Elk Garden Date Climbed: May 20, 2004  Sucess!


This hike is different than many on the east coast because it offers so much variety. In one of the many open meadows on the way to the "treed" summit were we encounter the famed wild ponies that roam these hills. They were extremly docile and there must have been at least 40 of them. The views on the way to the summit were nice but obstructed at the top.
Posted Aug 2, 2005 12:43 pm

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Very Enjoyable Hike. 3rd state high point.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 2:37 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: June 1989  Sucess!
Nice hike.
Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:50 pm

vanny37Route Climbed: AT Date Climbed: Sept. 4, 2004  Sucess!


Great weekend, beautiful area.
Posted Mar 23, 2005 9:25 am

chilkootRoute Climbed: AT from Elk Garden Date Climbed: August 26, 1991 and three times since  Sucess!


This is one of my favorite areas in the Eastern U.S. Wandering in the high, open meadows is a true delight. I've hiked in every season and seen every type of weather including a freaky winter thunder/lightning/snow storm in February 1992.
Posted Feb 6, 2005 10:54 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: From Elk Garden Date Climbed: November 4, 2001  Sucess!
Easy 2.5-hour hike round trip.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:26 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: AT from Elk Garden Date Climbed: January 15, 2005  Sucess!


Nice icy hike!
Posted Jan 19, 2005 2:17 pm

mtsptfamRoute Climbed: AT from South Date Climbed: August, 1999  Sucess!


My wife's 1st backpacking trip and my 1st hightpoint of a state. We were unaware that this highpoint was here until we past the sign for it. We were backpacking the AT with 4 teens from my youth group. That night right below the summit on the bald knob that is most pictured as Mt. Rogers a major storm rolled in. We were holed up in tents all night while lightning flashed all around us. The lightning was so frequent that from inside the tent it seemed like a fire was flickering right outside the tent. The Lord protected us and no one was injured. The morning unveiled a canopy of fog, sunlight and nature. It was beautiful. God is so good.
Posted Dec 15, 2004 5:32 pm

Tbacon251Route Climbed: AT Date Climbed: 12-04-2004  Sucess!


Started out at the trail head when it was 18 degrees. Made it to the summit in 2 hours. It was a great hike (not much of a summit view).
Posted Dec 6, 2004 12:08 pm

jomalDate Climbed: Many Many  Sucess!


This is my favorite area in the East, I've walked just about every trail and a lot off trail in this area. Keep going back though because it's just so incredible.
Posted Oct 29, 2004 4:02 am

climber404Route Climbed: AT loop Date Climbed: April, 2003  Sucess!


art of a 50 mile loop around Mt. Rogers. Two buddies and myself. Great trip that turned bad, then epic.
Posted Oct 8, 2004 1:18 pm

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