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Ascent of Little Ridge on 2016-10-30

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Ridge
    Location:USA-Virginia/West Virginia
    Elevation:4546 ft / 1385 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is our 8th day of our 10 day COHPing trip to WV/VA. We would not succeed at our primary reason for the trip - Kayford Mountain in WV (refused entry, see its TR) ????.

This TR gives a brief overview of my 3 hikes in this area all from the same TH. We came here with Tom Layton excellent TR which is still good - however one major ground condition has changed and needs to be reported. This is the only reason for this entry - one must read Tom.

Tom's forest service locked gate at 12.4 miles was open (we left a note advising those responsible of our presence) so we were able to drive the additional .5 miles to the saddle north of Bald Knob. The road at this saddle bends right and heads northwest to Elleber Knob. We parked at this bend (38.41101,-79.71471, elev 4360') - this was our TH for the 3 peaks reported here. This bend is nicely shown on the satellite image.

It was here that we found the major change - Tom's reported "...... , and there's a GREEN GATE on the L blocking the road towards Little Ridge." is no longer here. At 50 yards southwest of my TH is a L-R fairly new fence line with NO GATE. From my TH you can see 2 wooden fence posts 3 feet apart, the road to Little Ridge starts here - there is room to crawl under the fence here.

LITTLE RIDGE (2.8 miles, 600' tot gain, 1:40 hours RT).
The walk to this summit is straight forward all as reported, although I should note that the road is somewhat overgrown in places, a nice path eases the way. A nice herd path is on the ridge. I found the small cairn near a huge dead tree stump. I backtracked to the TH.

BALD KNOB (.5 miles, 120' ascent, 22 minutes RT).
The fence line heading left (southerly) climbs 400 yards to the summit and continues beyond. I walked the pasture land on the east side of the fence, the actual HP is yards west of the fence in the all open woods. The only views are to the east. I don't know why the name "Bald".

ELLEBER KNOB (2 miles, 250' ascent, 55 minutes RT)
After having lunch with Rose I walked the road northwest .9 miles with a short off road to the great open summit.

I should note that we didn't see any animals today. We drove back to Hwy #250 and went east to our next hikes of the day - Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge and Bear Knob following the directions M Schwartz's TR and then later a drive up to Paddy Knob following Tom Layton's TR.

The worst part of the day was the driving back and fourth from Staunton, VA - going over a dozen mountain ranges.

"OVER EVERY MOUNTIN THERE IS A PATH, ALTHOUGH IT MAY NOT BE SEEN FROM THE VALLEY." ......... theodore roethke
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:796 ft / 241 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:road/ridge walk sb
    Trailhead:saddle north of Bald Knob  4150 ft / 1264 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Little Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Little Ridge2016-10-30 a796 ft / 243 m
2Bald Knob2016-10-30 b120 ft / 37 m
3Elleber Knob2016-10-30 c235 ft / 72 m
Total Trip Gain: 1151 ft / 352 m    Total Trip Loss: 1151 ft / 352 m



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