Ascent of Ripshin Ridge on 2020-03-26

Climber: Chris Gilsdorf

Date:Thursday, March 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ripshin Ridge
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

Based on limited information, I played detective and figured out where the trailhead for this mountain was; once at Hall Lake, there's only one paved road, which you follow to its end at an old woods road next to a house. A very pleasant middle-aged lady came to the door, and readily granted me permission to hike (while we both maintained social distancing). The woods road continued on past a an old house and barn, and was actually quite steep, with a few blowdowns, but led straight up to near High Rock. Previously mentioned red dots were all but gone; I saw a few faded yellow dots painted on trees, but you're mostly on your own. Old trails took me to the top of this highly worthwhile viewpoint, with stunning views west, south, and toward Roan Mountain (though strangely, trees blocked views of my main objective). I followed more trails to the summit promontory at the south contour. The north contour is significantly lower, basically nonexistent, and need not be visited. I wasn't super feeling the extra gain, and contoured around High Rock on my way back, where I thought I heard voices. Sure enough, on returning to my car, some locals were parked there. Must be a popular little hike with the in crowd. This ranks as one of my favorite P1Ks in Tennessee.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:891 ft / 271 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:891 ft / 271 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Start Trailhead:3709 ft / 1130 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Chris Gilsdorf
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