Ascent of Cross Mountain on 2016-03-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, March 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Cross Mountain
    Elevation:3534 ft / 1077 m

Ascent Trip Report

A drive up on a steep gravel road.

This is our 74th day of our "Texas Winter Trip 2016" and our last day in Tennessee, tomorrow we will move north to Kentucky ..... slowly making our way home, keeping an eye on the melting snow. Today we moved east from Central back to Eastern time.

Cross Mountain is the COHP for 2 counties (Campbell and Anderson). One must read the last Ken Oeser TRs, a good read. This TR attempts top update the ground conditions.

We drove to the summit without any questions even though we saw a number of company trucks, they just waived. We talked to 2 guys on the summit working at one of the Communication Towers. After a nice chat we concluded that its common to have people drive up. "Just keep an eye out for coal trucks, especially at the bends". We passed 3 ATVs on the descent.

The summit is capped with numerous fenced-in Towers, buildings and very old foundations. Most of the buildings which are old/broken/abandoned, the place is unkept and very messy looking.
Limited views through the trees.

There is no evidence of the N-S County Line, so I located my imaginary Line, then walked the area and the circumference of the fenced-in areas, ensuring my HP. I looked-for/didn't-find any BMs.

From I-75, exit 128 (Rocky Top), we went west on #411 for .3 miles to a left turn on #116 which we followed south (through Rocky Top) for 4.3 miles to Briceville, where we turned right on Slatestone Road, .8 miles north turned left on an unnamed Coal Road (just before a bridge, a blue large industrial building on the right). Signs "Coal Creek Mining CO", "Southern Coal Corp, Premium Coal Co".
We left Slatestone road (immediately staying left) on the Coal Road and followed it, westerly then northerly, as it climbs/winds 5.4 miles to the top. On-route there are a number of side road, we always stayed with the main road as it climbs. A 1/4 mile before the top the main road continues/descends straight, we made a sharp right for the top.
This is a vey good gravel road made for heavy coal trucks, however the road has numerous switchbacks and very steep sections, making it very difficult for our dodge caravan ... the front wheel drive spun out at a few places. "Keep an eye-out for trucks and do give them the-right-of-way."

Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up
    Trailhead:slatestone road/coal road  

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