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.
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.