Three Top Mountain (12-7-06)
Three Top Mountain caught my attention when I climbed nearby Elk Knob the week before. It looked like a fairly rugged peak from a distance and when I got home and checked out the peak on Topozone I was excited to find a mountain with lots of tightly packed contours. I found out quickly why I had never heard of Three Top Mountain. Try doing a search online for it and see what you come up with. I didn't find squat. I finally ended up contacting an online friend who let me in on the tightly guarded secret directions to the peak (if you want I'll gladly send them to you). It was a great hike that I would highly recommend to anyone. The peak looks like it is rarely visited and there is a lot of fun scrambling to be done on the summit ridge. Weather forced me down early so I'm sure there are a number of places I missed. I'll hopefully be back someday to do more exploring...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 36.421857, -81.597780
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: HARD
Hike Length: 3.5 miles Hike Duration: 1:30
Trailhead Temp: 30'F Trail Traffic: NONE!!
Min. Elevation: 3,580' Max. Elevation: 5,100'
Total Vertical Gain: 1,650' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 943' (ascent)
Trails Used (blaze color): Three Top Mountain Trail (unblazed)