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.
Had the opportunity to burn a couple hours before flying home from Charleston, WV on a business trip. Started in Pikeville, KY where MapQuest said it was 1 1/2 hours. Definitely more than that - closer to 2 hours with the windy, icy roads. Imagine that the drive is beautiful any other season but sort of desolate now. Was able to get the rental car up the road past the FAA tower although it was pretty icy. About 1/4" snow on the plaque and the summit marker - a moment of panic set in when I couldn't find the marker on the boulder and had to sweep the entire boulder of snow! Note: It is on the right-hand side as you are looking at the boulder from the plaque.
Another tick on my highpoint list.
The drive up from VA was great. Very windy roads but lots to look at. The parking area over the coal mine provides a pretty scenic view. Not sure if we were supposed to, but we drove almost the whole way to the plaque. There were some people driving pretty recklessly on the radar road, so watch out. Other than that, not mush to look at, but a notch in the hiking stick.
This was High point # 5 of 6 in a 3 day period. Not much of a view from the top but it was a very scenic drive on the way through Big Stone Gap and up to the HP.
2nd to last on our first highpointing trip. Stopped on our way to Rodgers. All I can say is that I did it.
State HP #7, Black was actually a depressing highpoint. The drive up passed by a couple of completely stipped and mined mountains. The summit had more ugly mining buildings and a beat up "lookout tower". You really just get in, and leave quickly....oh well!
We just drove up but watch out for the mine workers trucks' since the summit ridge drive is a single lane with tons of potholes. At least they put up a plaque summit marker now. We actually met the guys who put them there that day. Did Mt Rogers, VA HP the day before. HP #12
When I got to the pass on Rt160 I saw a security guard stationed next to a nearby mining road. He said I could drive up seeing as it was two miles to the top. Look for the tires on your left and you can't miss it. I parked the car and hiked up. I saw no tires and after passing the FAA tower and the antenna cluster on the left I realized I had gone too far. If I can't miss it then it should stand out right? He did mention tires. Hm. Hard T with an S at the end. Could it be towers? It was. Nestled to the left of the cluster of antennas up a small side road. Peaceful hike in the moonlight.
Drove up to the top. The drive was probably the prettiest part. Not that I have anything against radio antennae, but, well, you know.
First of an assault on the "Southern 6-Pack."
Meant to get up there the day prior, but a series of events left me arriving in Cumberland in the dark. Stories of a creepy summit kept me at bay, so I stayed at the America's Best Value in Cumberland (this I cannot recommend).
The drive up was pleasant and beautiful - sure, the summit may not be much, but the area is gorgeous (minus the strip mine just over the border).
I got no feelings of creepy-ness on my visit. Stop through some of the area burgs and visit with the locals. They are fascinating, decent, hard-working people.
My 21st state highpoint!
Decided to do this one on the way back home from a 50 miler backpacking trip to snag Mt. Roger's. The drive up is nice. Can't say the same about any other aspect of this highpoint. At least it's done.
This was the last highpoint of a 5 highpoint road trip. At least they have a plaque on the summit now so you can read about Black Mountain.
While the car temperature gauge was registering 18 F and there was snow flurries I was able to drive up to and park at the FAA Long Range Facility point. From there I walked the short road to the high point. After taking pictures returned to car and continued the drive along VA/KY - 160.