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Sarah SimonAbsolutely worth the side trip   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2017

Sarah Simon

I know that it is so tempting for AT hikers to skip the extra elevation gain and make this side trip. It is definitely worth it. Yes, the very top does not offer views, and is cluttered by communications towers, but come on there are only three 5000 footers in Virginia and this is one of them!
Posted Oct 9, 2017 7:53 pm

Katy YSort of.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016

Katy Y

Okay, didn't exactly climb this to bag the peak, but am bookmarking page as part of the VCT/AT funfest of 2016. Beautiful country.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 2:19 pm

mtsptfamWorth it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2009


Hiked this on a section hike of the AT with some teens from my youth group. It was the third day and they were pretty tired and I was wondering if adding this section was worth it. It was. Very windy but very beautiful. Love spending time in God's creation.
Posted Apr 29, 2014 3:35 pm

jasano2Stormy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013


Good times on Va #2 even with the bad weather we encountered. We hit Whitetop on our way to Damascus via the Appalachian Trail. Lighting storm moved through around a 1000 ft below the summit, but opened up while descending towards Buzzard Rock.
Posted Sep 2, 2013 12:01 pm

MtMtnHikerMemorable hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2002


Was introduced to Whitetop by a good friend I met a couple of years before on the AT.
Posted Mar 16, 2011 11:00 pm

kteichertCoupled with mount Rogers   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2010


Was looking for a place to sleep and planning for mount Rogers the next day. Found this little gem around 3 am.
Posted Nov 5, 2010 10:32 am

Bluebell08Beautiful views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2010


Drove and then walked up and enjoyed the views. Except for the cell phone towers and construction.
Posted Nov 1, 2010 8:25 pm

RyanHalsey1Climb  Sucess!


Many many hikes here. Great in winter.
Posted Feb 3, 2010 9:21 pm

Hotovendrive up most the way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2008


Did this in the fall for a great view!
Posted Jul 11, 2009 12:03 pm

KoonsyDrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2008


Nice views from the summit. cracked my oil pan on a rock on the way up.
Posted Dec 30, 2008 9:58 am

BigCountryWhitetop  Sucess!


Nice drive and easy to summit
Posted Oct 3, 2008 7:08 pm

big_gBeautiful day to be hiking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2000


Although I enjoyed Buzzard Rocks I can't really see them as a separate mountain. I wouldn't have guessed that anyone considered them that. AT nobo.
Posted Jun 4, 2006 6:17 pm

BobSmithRoute Climbed: Auto road up/Appalachian Trail down. Date Climbed: 01-09-2005  Sucess!


I'd been meaning to see this peak for some time. I go to the nearby Grayson Highlands State Park every year, but for some reason had never found the time to scoot over to Whitetop, or hike over Mount Rogers to Whitetop. My wife was still feeling ill from a recent bout with a lung infection, but she wanted to visit that part of Virginia on our weekend off, so we took the forest service road to the summit and I hiked down while my wife drove.

Lots of open country, wide meadows just below the summit, with a nice spruce-fir forest at the top. That entire area from Grayson Highlands down to Damascus is just very pretty and very wild. I highly recommend it for a vacation destination.

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Posted Jan 10, 2005 8:42 pm

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