Ascent of Graves Mountain on 2017-04-23

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Graves Mountain
    Elevation:890 ft / 271 m

Ascent Trip Report

I knew from the topo map that Graves Mountain had been the site of a rock quarry, so I expected it to be posted. Not only was the entrance road posted, but I found posted sign throughout my climb. There was a phone number given at the entrance to ask for information, but I am sure the owner would not have granted permission to a climber since the reason for the "No Trespassing" signs was probably to protect the owner from liability in case someone did get hurt on the property. There is reason to be careful, however, since the mining from the quarry has left a great deal of unnaturally unstable rock and boulders all over the former active quarry site and it is a good idea to avoid any of the steep mined slopes. From my car my GPS showed just .41 air miles to the summit, but my climb took quite a bit longer than that. Once I reached a road to the left of the entrance road that headed directly toward the summit, I took it, of course, only to reach a fork a short distance later. I continued going straight, since my GPS showed I was heading straight toward the summit, only to reach a man-made cliff from the quarry operation with the highpoint separated from me with a deep man-made gorge. It was dangerous and probably impossible to continue heading in the same direction. I backtracked to the last junction and took the left fork this time, which brought me to the base of the quarry. Graves Mountain looked quite imposing from here, but an abandoned road and trail continued to the left and spiraled around the NW side of the mountain without much difficulty to a surprisingly clear summit, however, it looked like half of Graves Mountain has been quarried away and if the company ever begins operation again and highest point will probably be turned into gravel. I stayed away from the southern man-made cliff on the summit, as you should, and returned to my car in just 15 minutes after hiking .7 miles one-way. The area is actually quite scenic if you can overlook the fact that it is man-made and that you are subject to arrest for being there!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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