Ascent of Wetzel County High Point on 2016-12-11

Climber: Wayne Snyder

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wetzel County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1680 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used this address to get to rush road: (My GPS could not find the precise address I had, but I made it work.)

Rush Run Road
Burton, WV 26562

When you turn onto Rush Run Road off route 250 you go through a covered bridge. Follow the road precisely three miles from the cover bridge. You will be at the high point on the road. As the road starts to go down look to your left and you will see a small clearing where a home used to be. On the right there is a gate with a path leading up the hill. Pull into the small clearing on the right and park there.

I ended up driving down the hill and parking close to the bottom which was a mistake. I made my way up a very steep hill from the road heading east. Once I got to the crest of the first hill I found a 4 x 4 / ATV road that was referenced in the other reports. I followed it to the county high point. The final 100 feet is a bushwhack. On the way back out I did not go back down the steep hill and followed the ridge line back around to the road where I found the lot where the house used to be. That hike was easier than the hike up the steep hill I did. I then followed the road back to my car. A local man had noticed my car on the road and stopped to ask if I was ok and if my car was broke down. He was very nice and after I told him my car was ok and I was fine he drove off. I told him I was out for a nice walk to get some fresh air. He was very nice.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:552 ft / 168 m
    Total Elevation Loss:552 ft / 168 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:552 ft / 168 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 437 ft / 134 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Loss on way in:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:1243 ft / 378 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:437 ft / 133 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    End Trailhead:1243 ft / 378 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Wayne Snyder
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