Ascent of Pores Knob on 2013-04-06

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, April 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pores Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2660 ft / 810 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pores Knob is the highest point in the Brushy Mountains, a ridge that runs south of Wilkesboro NC, separated from the Blue Ridge by the Yadkin River valley.

There is a gravel road that goes up the east ridge to the top of Pores Knob, but it passes through a gated community where you need permission to enter. If you want to drive up, see the listsofjohn trip report by John Ide, who visited the day after my climb.

The best alternative is the south ridge, where you can start from an undeveloped neighborhood called Falcon Ridge (or maybe Falcons Crest) that's accessed off Pores Knob Road. Drive about one-third of a mile into the development and park where the road crests. From here, you can see half of the hike--straight up an old power right-of-way. It's a steep and thorny climb, and I found it easier to walk in the woods to the west (left) of the right-of-way, where you have the bonus of some open views.

After climbing 400 feet in one-third of a mile, you reach a ridgetop meadow that's evident on the satellite photos. At the top of the meadow is a driveway that intersects the summit road near the highest house. A previous peakbagger warned me about aggressive dogs there, so I left the driveway and climbed the last 100 feet through open woods on the SW side.

There's a clearing on top with great views to the west. I was not able to find the benchmark, which was supposed to be located under the long-gone fire tower.

Round trip 1.4 miles with 640 feet of climbing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:640 ft / 195 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Trailhead:2020 ft / 615 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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