Ascent of Mount Porte Crayon on 2015-08-15

Climber: Mark Anderson

Others in Party:Clare Anderson
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Porte Crayon
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4770 ft / 1453 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a return trip to find the benchmark on top of Mt. Porte Crayon that eluded us on an earlier ascent. We located the marker this time. It is hidden in spruce overgrowth and downed trees. The most prominent meandering social trails on top don't lead you to the summit marker. Enjoy the hunt.

We started from the Flat Rock Run trailhead and climbed 2400 ft. on official trail an unmaintained logging grade at a bend in the trail before the Roaring Plains Trail junction. We walked along the grade for approx. 1/2 mile and bushwhacked to the summit, about 300 vertical ft., from the grade starting from a cairn buried in vegetation.

While bushwhacking you may find tread marks left by prior travelers can be found at times, but honestly it is easiest to set a bearing and aim through thinner undercover until you reach the top. I noticed someone has tried to establish a ribboned route, but these don't hold over time in my experience. Following and looking for the ribbons is an exercise that leads to madness.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2700 ft / 822 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2700 ft / 822 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 and 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Stable day with rumbles of thunder in the distance late afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2700 ft / 822 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Flat Rock Run then bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Flat Rock Run trailhead  2070 ft / 630 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2700 ft / 822 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Flat Rock Run then bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Flat Rock Run trailhead  2070 ft / 630 m
    Time:3 Hours 

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