Ascent of Watoga Knob on 2011-04-23

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:solo
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Watoga Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:3280 ft / 999 m

Ascent Trip Report

First day visting Mark's farm adjacent to the Watoga State Park in West Virginia. This peak should only be obtained from the south from park forest trails since any other way will have you tresspassing on lands by people that hunt on their property and I bushwhacking/hiking and shotguns do not mix!

I gained access from the North through private property of a friend who would not be ameniable to tresspassers in any way. For anyone that tryies this from the state park side, stay to the FS trails or you can get lost in the hollers and ridges easily. This is not a very nice viewing peak and the BM is slightly off trail but easy to find as a concrete monument. I confirmed with the rangers that this is the highest point in the state park.Do not head north of the Park's boundary trail running along the ridge or you will encounter a lot of private land owners that will not want visitors.

Watoga State Park is the largest of West Virginia’s state parks, covering slightly over 10,100 acres. Began hike at 5:30 PM and ended back at house after doing Pyle Mountain north peak at 6:50 PM around 900 of total gain and around 3.7 miles in 1 hour 20 minutes including navigation and way finding. Fast!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:540 ft / 164 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
68F cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:540 ft / 164 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 520 ft / 158 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:herd trails through his property up to state park
    Start Trailhead:Rynning's lower property corner by creek  2760 ft / 841 m
    Time:16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:480 ft / 146 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:state park trail to power line
    End Trailhead:Chicken House Run Road  2800 ft / 853 m
    Time:16 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Pyle-Watoga

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Watoga Knob2011-04-23 a540 ft / 165 m
2Pyle Mountain2011-04-23 b364 ft / 111 m
Total Trip Gain: 904 ft / 276 m    Total Trip Loss: 565 ft / 172 m

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