Ascent of Mount Rogers on 2011-06-04

Climber: Micah Stiegler

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy drive through Troutdale, Virginia with some beautiful horse riding country that had deer & plenty of nutria sightings.

But had some difficulty finding the "correct" trail head as you have a few options to start out from. Finally parked at the Grayson Highlands Park trail head that the Appalachian Trail passes through & is the shortest distance to the summit.

At the trail head, I had a nice conversation with a (Sectional) AT Thru Hiker named John Blairfoot. Nice gentleman who I hope completes his long goal. Good luck to him. (It was strange that in this remoteness, at that exact moment in time, I meet a fellow who was actually a professor at the University I attended. Yet another "it's a small world" incident.)

Moderate 3.5 mile hike along the white blazed Appalachian Trail until you reach a well marked sign to a blue blazed trail that leads to the summit about a 1/2 mile away. The white blazed Appalachian Trail passes through cow grazing country (watch out for the cow pies & the charging bulls), then through an entrance gate with a registry, up a nice trail with some rocky scrambles, over/through a few small creeks, through some wide open clearings, & then finally, again, the blue blazed trail passes through a forest to the covered summit.

Nothing overly fantastic about the summit, but the hike is a very nice one. While hiking on the AT, the forest clears out & you have some nice panoramic views. But the summit is tree covered & you have zero views of the surrounding areas. Prime example of the journey being better than the destination.

A summit USGS Geodatical Triangle is the only marker/sign indicating that you are at the top. It's on a large boulder just left of the crest of the trail on the top. If you have any doubt (as I did), you'll see another boulder that actually looks higher a short walk away. It has another Geodatical mark on it, but this one has an arrow that points over to the one with the triangle marker. (And if you explore even a bit more, you'll find two other markers, both short distances away, again with arrows.)
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Nice Day

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