Ascent of East Point on 2011-07-22

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 22, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East Point
    Elevation:6625 ft / 2019 m

Ascent Trip Report

The unmaintained road displayed on the USGS quad no longer exists, so I guess it is 'unmaintained' in every sense of the word. I drove up the dirt road (NF 2630) from Scott's Camp CG toward the Mt. Pisgah lookout, then pulled over at a pull-out when I thought I was roughly south from East Point.

I set off through the forest on a heading a few degrees west of north, aiming to hit the spine of the ridgeline and then follow it east to the summit. I was able to proceed as planned, and found a derelict fence at the top of the ridge that I took to be the wilderness boundary. There was no signage present, and in a few places the fence was non-functional.

I followed the fence to its highest point, tagged the ground on the other side to make it official in every sense, then turned to the right and ascended to the summit of East Point. It should be noted that the maps clearly show (and the fenceline would give credence) that the wilderness HP is NOT the summit of East Point. The wilderness boundary appears to end at the 6600' contour line and doesn't even touch the 6620' contour.

Whatever the case may be, the summit does have a very nice view of the surrounding area, and the lookout on Mt. Pisgah to the west was visible. There was a reinforcing rod visible at the summit, so there may have been some kind of structure there long ago.

I grabbed a snack and some water, then followed a magnetic south bearing (west of south) until I picked up the 2630 road, then followed it back to my car. I opted to not make the loop, as I had been advised on the way up by a couple in a high-clearance truck that there was a section slightly to the west that had enough mud to potentially stick my car.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:475 ft / 144 m
    Total Elevation Loss:475 ft / 144 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:475 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:direct ascent (north bearing)
    Start Trailhead:unmarked spur rd  6150 ft / 1874 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:475 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:direct descent (SSW bearing), then road
    End Trailhead:6150 ft / 1874 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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