Ascent Trip ReportThe original plan was to snag Elliott Knob on day 3 of my Virginia Peakbagging trip, however, I was out of class in Bethesda early and on the road by 3:30. Traffic was not bad at all - from what I have heard DC traffic is pretty bad. I realized that I could make it to Elliott Knob at least an hour before dark and figured that it was worth it. Since I was in a rental car, I figured I would push the limits of dirt road driving, so I did. I was able to drive all the way up to the trailhead, where there is a parking spot that could hold 3-4 cars. From here I headed up the Cold Spring Trail, which is in need of some maintenance for sure, and hit the junction with the North Mtn Trail just below the summit of Elliott Knob. I left the car at 7:27pm and arrived on the summit at 8:24pm. The fence around the lookout tower has been altered by others, so I slipped through and took some pictures on the tower. A flash of lightning in the distance immediately sent me down from the tower, as it appears to be made completely of metal... After about 10 minutes on top taking pictures, I headed over to Hogback, arriving there in under 15 minutes. From the summit of Hogback down, I needed my headlamp, arriving at the car at 9:42pm. Some quick translations of maps for future hikers:
FR 82 = Hite Hollow Rd
FR 77 = Cold Springs Rd
Turn off to the TH is 3.6 miles north of the intersection of the above-mentioned roads, both are gravel and in great shape. The final quarter mile to the trailhead was pretty rough, no big deal for a rented Toyota Corolla, but I would have just parked along the road if it was my baby, the Yaris, flashing me back to grad school and the moral hazard lecture...
The trip report on cohp.org by Mike Schwartz was spot on!