Ascent of Dark Mountain on 2015-11-08

Climber: jeff branin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dark Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:953 ft / 290 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the Jumping off Rock parking lot on Flint Hill Road and proceeded up the white blazed Uwharrie. After just a few minutes the old trail comes in on he left. At this junction I left the trail and proceeds to head directly uphill towards the Dark Mtn summit. No thrashing/bushwhacking involved. Eventually I vectored onto an old forest road that steeply continued the acent towards Dark Mtn top. This road barely distinguishable to begin with petered out in a rocky semi-flat area a 1/4 mile from the summit. The hike at this point continued thru open forest and gentle slopes all the way to the rocky outcrop high point of Dark Mountain.

I retraced my steps about a hundred yards back to where another forest road crossed in an east/west direction. I elected to go west and followed this rough road steeply downhill for several minutes before abandoning it as it turned more to the south. Instead I followed an overgrown track northward back to the Uwharrie Trail at the saddle between Dark Mt and what I'm calling Dark Point. I hiked up the Uwharrie Trail to Dark Point and then turned around and followed the Uwharrie Trail northward all the way back to the TH and my car.

20 minutes from TH to Dark Mt. 45 minutes from Dark Mt back to TH via side trip to Dark Point.

Jumping Off Rock is a short distance further east from the TH parking lot on Flint Hill Road. The rock and a small parking area are on the north side. No formal sign marks the spot, but there are several crosses and the launching view of the rock is apparent from the roadside.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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