Ascent of Little Ridge on 2011-08-12

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Friday, August 12, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Ridge
    Location:USA-Virginia/West Virginia
    Elevation:4546 ft / 1385 m

Ascent Trip Report

Peakbaggers will want to get Little Ridge (#12 in VA) and Elleber Knob (#23 in WV) on the same hike, a Y-shaped route totaling 5.85 miles and climbing a total of 800 feet.

Taking US250 W from Monterey, zero the odometer in the Hightown crossroads. At 7.1 miles, turn L on FR 1681, which is no longer signed for Elleber Knob but is marked as Elleber Run by Garmin. The road is downhill to 9.2 and then uphill to 12.4, where the Forest Service has a locked gate. Beyond this is working pasture, which means you'll be dealing with cattle and sun for much of the hike.

Walk around the gate and follow the road 0.5 miles to the saddle N of Bald Knob. Here, the main road turns R toward grassy Elleber Knob, and there's a green gate on the L blocking the road toward Little Ridge.

To reach Little Ridge, climb past the green gate, hike downhill 0.6 miles to the 4150 gap, and then bushwhack through open woods along the state line 0.8 miles. There is an old ATV track along the ridge, but it was overgrown and hard to follow. (Afterwards, I met a pasture worker who told me that the Forest Service installed the second gate to keep out ATVs.) The summit is a picturesque meadow surrounded by trees that block out the long-range views. I added a rock to the small cairn.

Return to the green gate and follow the gravel road NW to Elleber Knob, where you'll be treated to great 360-degree views. Without the side trip to Elleber Knob, the hike to Little Ridge would be 3.8 miles round-trip, climbing about 600 feet.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:846 ft / 257 m
    Elevation Loss:846 ft / 257 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:596 ft / 181 m
    Extra Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Road, then bushwhack
    Trailhead:Gate on FSR 1681  4200 ft / 1280 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:596 ft / 181 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Trailhead:Gate on FSR 1681  4200 ft / 1280 m
    Time Down:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Highland VA

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Little Ridge2011-08-12 b
2Elleber Knob2011-08-12 c

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