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Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2009-08-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, August 6, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3994 ft / 1217 m

Ascent Trip Report

A point to point (north to south) hike, easy to moderate, off of the BRP.

North of Roanoke on the BRP I got dropped off, by Rose, at Mile 83.5 at the Flat Top parking. I ascended the easy/moderate trail 2.9mi to the summit ..... many huge rock outcrop formations. I descended on the south side 1.5mi to the picnic area trail head, off of rte #43 just east of "Peaks of Otter" visitors center at BRP mile 86. Rose was there waiting after making a number of calls to the family. On the descent I met a group of 4 ladies nb.
This hike can be easily done together with the near-by Sharp Top Mountain.

"AFTER CLIMBING A GREAT HILL ONE ONLY FINDS THAT THERE ARE MANY MORE HILLS TO CLIMB."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1494 ft / 455 m
    Elevation Loss:1593 ft / 486 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1494 ft / 455 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:sb on flat top trail from BRP mile 83.5
    Trailhead:flat top parking at BRP mile 83.5  2500 ft / 762 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1593 ft / 486 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:sb on flat top trail from BRP mile 83.5
    Trailhead:picnic area off of #43  2401 ft / 731 m



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