This was my second trip to the top. The first was in 1992 and I was no more impressed with the summit this time than the last. At least I had a working camera with me this time (ran out of film on the previous trip. This was my only highpoint out of the 43 that I have done without a picture to show for it. VA 160 is much better maintained now than I remember it and we only saw the remains of one car over the cliff, whereas I think we saw three there in '92. I was able to drive right up to the summit circle. In my book this highpoint competes with Mississippi's for the ugliest summit with the most broken glass strewn about.
Started down the wrong road with wife, kids, and dogs in tow, then returned to the overlook area and walked up the summit road with my dog Maggie. We avoided being run over by 4-wheelers and illegal dumpers only to interrupt what looked like a klan meeting at the top. At least I got a healthy dose of radiation from the FAA radar! HP25
It was a little spooky driving up the steep winding road in a raincloud. Don't expect to be awarded with a view. Just play it as a scavenger hunt to find the summit and you will have a good time.
Walked the road from KY-160. I didn't think it was as bad as some have posted, but certainly not worth a long trip unless you're a state HPer.
The only exciting thing about this high point was meeting up on that narrow road with a large truck and a driver that looked like he wanted to kill me.
I really wish they'd do more for this hike, but the most exciting/scary thing was that at the top, there was a small building.........and there was banjo bluegrass music coming out of it. A nice little Deliverance moment to start our day.
An exciting drive up to the trailhead (from the Virginia side), but the FAA tower was really strange.
Boring HP. Not much to see... short walk uphill.
After having already summited multiple other peaks and hiked many miles of trails earlier in the day, this was a pleasant way to end the day. Rather than drive to the summit, I walked the final 0.1-mile up to the summit area (What a workout!!! lol). I then looked for, and found, the USGS Benchmark.
This was State Highpoint #37 for me, overall.
Justin Boyle HP #6, Luis Matallana HP #7
3 of 6 HPs for the weekend. This HP does look like a construction site.
This took forever to find, because GoogleMaps got me lost. I eventually made it to the tower at 9:30 at night. But since I couldn't see anything, and it was scary being up there by myself at night, I stayed just long enough to get a picture in front of the tower and get the hell out of there. I do wish I had gotten a picture of the USGS marker.
I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 3 yrs old) did this as part of our second family HP trip.
Not exactly a beautiful mountaintop.
My wife and son were with me on this one. They did not have any interest in the summit at the time, so I hiked the short distance on my own. When I returned there was a pickup next to my car. I went over to talk with them and they told me it wasn't safe to leave my family in the car there. I wasn't completely sure what they meant by that but we left there with somewhat of a loss of innocence in the highpointing world.
Originally planned to do 3 Highpoints this weekend but weather and time became a factor. Originally was going to forget this one for VA & TN but ended up doing this one when thunderstorms and lots of rain were called for VA. My wife and I had just avoided a thunderstorm in TN and drove our way to the top of this HP. The drive was pretty, the summit was not. It still was better than Delewares' (mainly because nobody was watching me take a picture of myself up here, so I didn't have to be embarrassed) Found the benchmark under the tower. Glad to be done with this one. Alot of driving for 2 days!!
I liked this HP despite breaking my damn camera while climbing the fire tower. I saw my first ever poisonous snake here...a beautiful copperhead. Ooops. Not a copperhead, but still beautiful. It was a milk snake.
I drove to the top and found a survey marker (benchmark) under the rickety old tower on what has been described as the true highpoint. Views from the top of the old tower are pretty good (the bottom ten feet of stairs are missing). There was country music blaring from inside one of the equipment shelter buildings, but no one else was around.
Climbed up from Rt 160 along the paved service road. Saw a van with a Nebraska license coming down as I was going up. I'm sure they were highpointers, as I am. The top was a little disgusting, but the walk through the woods reminding me a lot of Northern PA, where I am from. Everything was still dead and spring had not yet sprung on the higher elevations of these mountains.
HARD PART WAS FINDING IT ON DRIVE FROM MT ROGERS, VA. YOU SHOULD GET PRIOR PERMISSION FROM OWNERS. HP#46
I didn't sign the waiver! Take that King Coal!!!
The summit was quite trashed on my visit, but the views were nice and litter can be picked up easily.