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Wilburn Ridge/Pine Mountain

Wilburn Ridge/Pine Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Virginia, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.65730°N / 81.5215°W

Object Title: Wilburn Ridge/Pine Mountain

Elevation: 5526 ft / 1684 m


Page By: BobSmith

Created/Edited: Apr 20, 2004 / May 26, 2013

Object ID: 152547

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Page Score: 82.48%  - 15 Votes 

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What s that I hear?<br />
Wilburn Ridge is the long, and very high ridgeline that leads up from Massie Gap in the Grayson Highlands State Park and toward Mount Rogers. It is among the very highest terrain in the state of Virginia. While not as high as Mount Rogers, the peak of Wilburn Ridge is rocky, treeless, and offers unobstructed views in every direction.

Wilburn Ridge in Autumn

In fact, the mountains in this vicinity have been likened more to western land than Virginia high country. As with Charlies Bunion in the Smokies, this area was heavily logged, flooded, and subsequently burned. The fires were so intense that they burned right down to the mineral soil. Thus, trees have had a long, slow battle to recover here, and we are left with what amounts to big sky country here in the corner of Virgnia.

Wilburn Ridge is actually a part of Pine Mountain, which is one of the  
The trail through the meadows...
highest mountains in Virginia. All of this high country is incorporated into the Mount Rogers Recreation Area and is easily one of the finest high mountain spots in the eastern USA. The recreational opportunities are quite astounding. On a personal note, I've been visiting the Mount Rogers area for years and I could do so for many more years and still never see everything that's on my list to accomplish there.

Getting There

The trail starts at the Massie Gap parking area in Grayson Highlands State Park and intersects with the Appalachian Trail which runs over the ridge. It begins as "The Rhododendron Trail", but soon intersects with the AT. One can also walk up the "Appalachian Spur Trail" that also starts near the parking lot. Both lead to the AT and then to Wilburn Ridge.

The park is located on Highway 58, about midway between Damascus and Independence. From 58, just take the park road to Massie Gap.

Wilburn Ridge

Red Tape

None of which I am aware.

Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain

When To Climb

All year long. The weather can become very cold and icy in winter. I go to this area every winter and almost always enounter snow, ice, and stiff winds. And no winter seems to go by that some hiker or group of hikers don't get into life-threatening difficulties due to the harsh conditions that rake the summits in the colder months.

The top of Wilburn Ridge....


Camping is allowed. I know of no fees outside the state park boundaries. Within Grayson Highlands State Park, camping is only allowed within the official developed campground.

Mountain Conditions

Check weather condition for Damascus, VA and subtract five to ten degrees.

External Links

Grayson Highlands State Park.

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

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RedwicThis name should be partially revised...


Voted 10/10

If a person tries researching "Wilburn Ridge", very limited information is found. However, if a person searches "Pine Mountain", which is the true highpoint of this ridgeline, plenty of information can be found. You really need to include "Pine Mountain" in the Name & Query... I had been planning to climb this mountain ("Pine Mountain") soon, because it was not already on SummitPost. Thank goodness I found your "Wilburn Ridge" page first, so there wasn't a semi-double posting of the same peak. If you click on the GPS coordinates on the page, "Pine Mountain" is even shown as the point on the map (and Wilburn Ridge is not even written).

Putting both names in the Mountain Name/Query will help eliminate any confusion by future SPers, or double-posts of mountains.
Posted May 21, 2009 12:32 pm
BobSmithRe: This name should be partially revised...


Hasn't voted

I added both names into the query and made some other changes to the post. Changes were overdue, as it was one of my first posts here and I'd done very little to improve it. I need to plan a new trip there for my data.

Posted May 25, 2009 11:48 am
RedwicRe: This name should be partially revised...


Voted 10/10

I just got back from an East Coast trip this weekend. This was one of my stops, and I was determined to find out which was accurate in the Pine Mountain vs. Wilburn Ridge controversy.

The Result: Now even the rangers there are disputing with each other over the actual location and height of Pine Mountain, as they found multiple maps showing different pieces of information. And then some other hikers gave differing ideas, as well. Basically, I got more confusion than answers... but I am determined to get to the bottom of this. :-)

Thanks for the add to the page.
Posted May 26, 2009 2:03 am
RedwicOne other Pine Mountain fact...


Voted 10/10

Your "Whitetop Mountain" page says it is the second-highest peak in Virginia. It is actually the second-highest COUNTY HIGHPOINT in Virginia. Pine Mountain is the second-highest peak in the state, although by only 5'-6' elevation.
Posted May 21, 2009 12:35 pm
BobSmithRe: One other Pine Mountain fact...


Hasn't voted

You should go ahead and do the Pine Mountain summitpost. It's a pretty extensive peak. I don't think anyone would mind. It wouldn't diminish the Wilburn Ridge post at all.

Posted May 22, 2009 4:22 pm
RedwicRe: One other Pine Mountain fact...


Voted 10/10

Considering the GPS coordinates and elevation would be identical, that seems strange. Are there any other such scenarios on SummitPost, where two separate Mountain pages are created with identical coordinates and elevation? I guess if one page is for the ridgeline and one is for the highest point on the ridgeline, it might be OK. I was not certain of the protocol, and I certainly don't want to infringe upon your already-created pages (which I like). I'll figure it out.
Posted May 22, 2009 6:44 pm
BobSmithRe: One other Pine Mountain fact...


Hasn't voted

I could give you co-edit privilige on my Wilburn Ridge post. How's that? We could retitle it Pine Mountain/Wilburn Ridge. Let me know and I'll give you access to the post.

Posted May 23, 2009 2:28 pm

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Wilburn RidgeLooking towards Wilburn Ridge...The trail through the meadows...We tried to bushwhack down...Autumn color along Wilburn RidgeLooking back across Massie...This is Virginia?<br />
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