Ascent of Mill Mountain on 2012-08-17

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mill Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia/West Virginia
    Elevation:3293 ft / 1003 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP #99: Shenandoah County, VA - Mill Mtn (3,293) - Aug 17, 2012:

I got out of class early on Friday again and immediately headed to the hotel lobby to grab the rental car from Enterprise. They were out of small cars, which I had reserved, so they gave me the Jeep Patriot. Not as good on gas, but more sleeping room! I made my way slooowwwlllyyy around the beltway to I-66, passing 2 different accidents that were tying up traffic. Fellow drivers, please put down the damn cell phone and stop texting - it is preventing me from getting to the trailhead as quickly as I need to when you crash into each other... I followed the directions provided in Don Desrosiers' & Charlie Zerphey's trip reports to get to the trailhead, making a slight variation. From VA-42, I took VA-675 to FR-92. FR-92 is excellent gravel, passable to any vehicle. I parked at the Stony Creek Trailhead at the big turn in the road and headed up the Stony Creek Trail (yellow blaze). I made pretty good time up to the Sugar Knob Cabin, 1 hour on the dot to cover the 3.5 miles. I then headed left on the Tuscarora Trail (blue blaze) then left on the Mill Mtn Trail (orange blaze) to the summit. I headed just north of the open area with the shed to find the exact high ground. I covered the area pretty well, and I think it's near a tree (like that really helps...). From the summit I moved very quickly south on the Mill Mtn Trail (orange blaze) to the Schloss Cutoff Trail (blue blaze), turning left and hiking the 3 miles down to FR-92. I descended the Schloss Cutoff Trail with my headlamp as it got dark just before the junction. Once I hit FR-92, I turned left on the road and followed it a short distance to my car, turning off the headlamp to enjoy the pleasant stroll along the road. Dinner was in order, so I stopped at a Cracker Barrel along I-81 around 9:45 on my way to the Bald Knob TH near US-60 & the Blue Ridge Pkwy. CoHP #99!!

9.74 miles total
7.1 mph max
2h 59m moving time
14m stopped
3.3 mph avg speed
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1773 ft / 540 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1773 ft / 540 m
    Route:Stony Creek Tr-Tuscarora Tr-Mill Mtn Tr
    Trailhead:1520 ft / 463 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Mill Mtn Tr-Big Schloss Cutoff Tr
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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