Another summit that needs a clearcut.
First of 4 HP trip.
Not a place you want to be for long. Even the lookout tower is inaccessible and ragged. Drive to and fro is fairly pretty, however. I came from Mount Rogers where the access was blocked from ice storm. Have to make it another time for that one. First of back to back 11 hr driving days.
Views from summit are completely forested, and lookout tower needs repair. And finding the actual highpoint was a bit tricky navigating to...
Drove to the point with a rental car. Road a bit questionable but still car worthy. Foggy and slightly eerie. I missed the USGS marked on the rock but there is one under the tower.
I don't remember much about this HP, checked off list on a road trip
This was the most beautiful drive. Went on a Sunday so there was no traffic.
Donned my Nazgûl black rider outfit atop Black Mountain. Seemed fitting...
This was our 15th Highpoint and the 3rd stop on our week long loop which included 5 additional Highpoints. We had good driving directions but missed the turn to the right coming out of Appalachia, VA.
Drove up from the Virginia side (those switchbacks!) and parked at the overlook, then walked the rest of the way to the highpoint. As I walked, the weather ranged from drizzling rain to light hail to snow flurries just as I reached the top. I kept the waiver in my pocket the whole time, but none of the cars I passed challenged me.
Drove up to parking area and hiked the rest
Gravel road is pretty easy to drive up in a sedan. Really pretty drive up.
Parked along route 160 near the state line (after checking condition of the "paved" road - fine for a pickup but not worth a try in a minivan). Quite glad we did walk the 1.5 miles in - really enjoyable; green, leafy, calm, butterflies everywhere. Unique summit: monument & plaque, USGS marker, cell phone towers, FAA radar station: - to me, charming in its way, all part of highpointing. HP#21.
A little late in posting this one, but this was #18. A great drive up through the Appalachians, and with release form in hand, drove to the summit. Nothing noteworthy of this one, but it's officially complete.
Great drive to the top...
Not my favorite highpoint, but my most unforgettable!
Summit #6 of 6 (TN, GA, SC, NC, VA & KY) that we ended up completing with a total time of:
36 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.
The USGS marker states 4139.217 feet. Wow-they are taking things seriously! Like may mountain tops, antenna companies have taken full advantage and this is a cell site. 6th High Point overall, 2nd one today. Lots of noise from mining nearby.
We had just picked up our new puppy in Tennessee and were on our way home. Catching a few extra counties in southern Kentucky, I figured we'd hit this highpoint before camping at Interstate Breaks SP. Chester enjoyed his little hike to the top.
In the fog.
Been doing the state highpoints in the area, decided to add this one because we are ahead of schedule. Forgot the form to sign but had Zumwalt's book with a waiver to photocopy in to. Just wrote my name and signed in the book instead of finding a kinko's. Thinking I might get grief, drove up half the road and walked 1 km to the summit. 20 minutes car to car. Nice day out.