Hightop Climber's Log

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CMStinson - Oct 27, 2020 7:53 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2020

go to the real summit  Sucess!

The "summit overlook" shown on the main page for this peak (as of today, at least) is not at the summit of the mountain, but see the details in the "Getting There" section. The overlook's not too far from the top, but the true summit is a rock pile near the remnants of the supports of a tower that once stood on the top but is long gone. The views from the overlook are great, and the hike is a nice, relatively short walk on the AT until you get to the last little bit that takes you off the AT to the top of the mountain.
The true summit doesn't really offer much in the way of views, especially when leaves are on the trees.


chmoore577 - Aug 22, 2020 6:31 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2020

Good trail, bad weather  Sucess!

Low clouds, drizzling rain, no views


technicolorNH - May 14, 2015 5:11 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2015

Done after Old Rag  Sucess!

Nice quiet forty minute hike to the summit. It was a hot day for mid May.


wanderweg83 - Feb 1, 2014 9:58 am

Hightop  Sucess!

Nice, quiet climb to some gorgeous views of the Shenandoah valley to the west.


Hagen - Oct 13, 2012 11:26 pm Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010

Winter fun  Sucess!

This mountain is a decent workout with a winter surprise a little south of the summit. There's a spring that freezes into a 16' high and 30' wide wall of ice. It's very pretty, and visible from the AT. It's one of my "ice bouldering" sites. You can practice your ice climbing form with minimal gear, without the painful penalty for failure.


mtwashingtonmonroe - Sep 17, 2012 7:25 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

Well worth the hike!  Sucess!

Beautiful steady climb from Smith Roach Gap...view well worth the hike! One of my favorites in Shenandoah


hightinerary - Oct 21, 2011 7:15 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2011

Take Two  Sucess!

I climbed it on 17 and 18 October. (I liked it so much the first time, I did it again the next day.)


CheesySciFi - Nov 28, 2009 8:54 am Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2009

From Hightop Mountain Parking Lot  Sucess!

It was a good day for a hike. In spite of the haze, the views from the overlook were good. I saw Rocky Mount, Beldor Ridge, Hanse Mountain, and many other peaks in SNP. There was a side trail to the summit that was easy to follow.


AirborneBuff - May 11, 2007 4:53 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 2007

Route Climbed: Rockfish Gap along the AT  Sucess!

Hiked from Rockfish Gap as part of a 5 day hike on the AT through SNP. Took me 41.3 miles to summit this peak.

SteveinFXBG - Jun 11, 2006 7:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

From Smith Roach Gap  Sucess!

Great views from the overlook. It was a bit chilly and windy up there, not a typical June day. A good hike, without much other traffic.


pilz8 - Jan 1, 2005 8:53 pm

Date Climbed: oct. 2004  Sucess!

Nice hike, we saw a good sized black bear near the summit.


hgrapid - Dec 18, 2004 6:33 pm

Route Climbed: From Hightop Mountain Parking lot Date Climbed: 12/18/2004  Sucess!

A nice clear day in December. The trail is steep at parts. The overlook near the summit is excellent, although the summit itself is a 100 yard bushwhack.

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