Ascent of Blue Ridge-Loudoun County High Point on 2003-11-27

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Thursday, November 27, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Ridge-Loudoun County High Point
    Elevation:1920 ft / 585 m

Ascent Trip Report

From where US-50 tops out near Paris, we found a local road on the north called Blue Mountain Ridge Road (also known as VA-601) and followed it north about 3 miles, bringing us close to two small 1,920-foot contours that straddle the Loudoun-Clarke county line.

These two areas together comprise the Loudoun County highpoints, and half of Clarke County's four highpoint regions. A driveway leading to a big home crosses both contours, and we found this driveway from the main road, blocked by a grand wrought-iron gate and brick fencing. We also noted a "For Sale" sign, and Beth knew the realtor as being a high school classmate. Rather than deal with the gate, we drove an extra 500 feet and parked near a radio tower facility and bushwhacked through the short stretch of woods to re-gain this driveway.

The first high area was marked by a tree with a big round white paint splotch on it, while the second area was nearer the house itself. We walked to the house and found no one home, although it is clearly inhabited. We tagged some rocks around the base of the house and tried to eyeball between the areas with little success (my hunch is the first area is higher). We noted the incredible views, too. The weather was cool with a brisk wind blowing. We backtracked down VA-601 and back out to US-50.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:1880 ft / 573 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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