Ascent of Mace Knob-South Peak on 2013-04-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, April 20, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Mace Knob-South Peak|
| Location:||USA-West Virginia|
| Elevation:||4840 ft / 1475 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTo attach this summit, I continued up the roadway from Thorny Flat and found Thorny Flat Road. Staying right I found the parking lot for the ski lodge and off down slope was a large gravel parking lot away from the workers cleaning up the site after ski season ending.
I parked here for convenience and then wanted to find a TH far down slope so I hiked down Thorny flat road, short cutted a steep power easement, reaquired the paved road and hiked down to the utility building that brings all the electricity to the ski resort. Around the last bend I found a creek (Black Run) and a concrete dam and spillway. Touching the water and calling that my TH, I reclimbed the roadway past my car and over to the ski slopes. I found the green run bail out slope and headed up it. It was still covered with snow and was slick and icey so I used microspikes the rest of the way. At the top of the last chair lift I found a small maintenance trail that works it way up to the peak and then behind it with great open clear views where I enjoyed some brief sunshine as the temperature warmed to 30 degrees.
I saw many deet and spooked up a rough grouse on the way. I started at 10:30 and was done and down by 12:20 including lunch.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||840 ft / 255 m|
| Extra Gain:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.6 mi / 5.8 km|
| Route:||gravel road to lodge to ski slopes to trail|
| Trailhead:||Black Run stream by dam 4060 ft / 1237 m|
| Grade/Class:||1 and 2|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
| Time:||50 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours |
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