Ascent of Beartown Mountain on 2018-07-21

Climber: Will Waller

Date:Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beartown Mountain
    Elevation:4689 ft / 1429 m

Ascent Trip Report

what can I say but this mountain is as hard as they say it is. This is easily the most difficult County high point in the state of Virginia. Firstly, there's the issue about permission. I went to the first house at the Gravel Road past the church. When I got there the woman there said that there was no problem for me to continue on up the road and talk to Dwayne who owns the horse farm above hers. I went and parked my car and went to go see Dwayne when he met me in the truck. He was extremely concerned about bears, and you know the name of this mountain is Beartown. He asked if I was and I told him I was not but I had my wits about me. He said that that may not be enough. Eventually he said that it was okay to park my car there but the land I would have to be using to climb Beartown Mountain would not be his. I took my chances. I ascended the visible pasture land which Rises quickly up from the Corral and made my way to the top from there I went along the Woodlawn and found a old road which took me to the barbed wire fence. I cross that and having crossed it I continued up the Old Forest Road fairly steeply until I reach the end of that road. At this point I realized it was only a couple hundred feet below the Ridge and that's when this Infamous Rhododendron slog began. I don't have any advice to you but just go up take your time and wear long pants. It's extremely steep, extremely wet, and difficult; pack your patience. Eventually I did find a used trail on the top of the mountain and it is marked with cut blazes as well as sometimes orange places. You've got to find this path because it is a lifesaver getting to the rhododendron. eventually you get to a very Scenic top of the mountain which resembles the top of Mount Rogers in Southwest Virginia. This is the top and then the fun begins. Returning via the use trail I didn't know when I got on it and spent a couple hours wandering around the side of the mountain in a not very pretty endeavor. Make a mark on what whatever app you use so that you know where that top of that Woods Road is. This that will be your Lifesaver for this hike. good luck
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