Ascent of Hatcher Mountain-VonByran Peak on 2015-11-06

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hatcher Mountain-VonByran Peak
    Elevation:2040 ft / 621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Frustrated that a front was moving through and possibly ruining my second time to get Chimney Tops (in the morning), we pulled up to the rental lodge Von-Bryan Estate which sits at the top of Hatcher Mountain and was impressed with the winding nice roads and fall color and overall rise to the top. We had about 40 people sleeping in the huge lodge so with all the confusion and seeing the front moving in and I jogged down to the intersection of Weary Valley Road and found a small creek crossing Hatcher Mountain Road. I then made that my TH and hiked quickly back to the top where the summit sports some very nice views of the valley in all directions from the estate. I was pleased of course, that in the middle of all the family obligations of a wedding party, they actually selected a place to stay that was on top of a summit of a USGS named mountain - a cheap highpointing experience but what peakbagger would not run up and down the access road for the experience? paved or not...

The colors were nice on the way up and the road takes a few sever turns and has some deep deeps providing extra gain. The total trip was under 4 miles RT but took about 1 hour and was around 800 feet of gain total. So at least a little training hike-summit. Hopefully the front will move through and we will get in Chimney Tops tomorrow. The color was from a combination of scarlet oak, bluejack oak, chestnut oak, willow oak and maples.

It is a public roadway to the top. Narrow and winding but paved. The very terminus of the roadway is the Von-Bryan Estate. Once you pass the rock wall entrance with the sign, the parking lot for the structure is 20 foot from the summit and the house sits on the peak. The people that own the rental estate live in the structure just to the right.

Other notes: I tried to get behind the peak using Spurling Way which is a nice winding colorful road but once you get to the bottom where the creek head begins the public road dies into a private paved roads and a new subdivision. The sign does not day no trespassing nor is gated, but suggests it is for residents and guests. I thus, used that spot for another TH and hiked back up to the Von-Bryant estate and peak and did not attempt to explore the other sub peaks around the corner although, there was some rental property signs as well.

Also at the last intersection of Hatcher Mountain Road and Spurling Way there was a gravel road winding up the other subpeaks of the mountain but the look and feel of that area suggested a hike up the road might be more trespassing feeling and I was out of time so I did not explore up there any further. It appeared that the rental property Tranquility Gate which is accessed off Hatcher Mountain Road near the saddle of these three roads occupies the other peak of Hatcher Mountain that is at the same contour so not quite sure which peak is actually the highest on Hatcher.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:835 ft / 254 m
    Total Elevation Loss:175 ft / 52 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:735 ft / 224 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 660 ft / 201 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Loss on way in:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Hatcher Mountain Road
    Start Trailhead:creek crossing Hatcher Mountain Road near intersec  1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    End Trailhead:same  
    Time:25 Minutes

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