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Ascent of Ruben Mountain on 2020-09-12

Climber: Brandon Girard

Date:Saturday, September 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ruben Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:1817 ft / 553 m

Ascent Trip Report

Like Brian mentioned in his TR, approach the summit from the northeast side where it’s mainly open forest. Once you get to the ridge, you’ll notice yellow blazes (some were yellow survey ribbons) which indicate the state park boundary, these will help with navigating as well. You’ll easily notice a worn path which you can follow to the summit. Tons of massive boulders and outcrops, typical of the Sauratown mountains. The cliffs under the HP should yield great views on a clear day, I was in the clouds and rain today. I’ll easily be back again for this on a clear day!

On my descent, I found the the old horse trail route. First I noticed an old state park trail sign (Ruben Mountain Area Sign) that said I was on the Sauratown Loop Trail and behind me (heading East up huckleberry Ridge) was old orange triangle blazes. I believe this was the our alignment for the current Ruben Mountain Trail Loop. The trail looked like it could be followed and was able to see 4 blazes without walking further. Once back on the MST and reaching the 2040’ contour on huckleberry ridge, you will see a worn trail coming in from the west, which I assume is where the old Sauratown Loop Trail comes out to. I will investigate the trail more next time!
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