Alleghany County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: October 29, 2005
This peak can also be ascended via Doughton Mountain Road in the saddle between
Betsy Peak and Catherine Knob.
I came from the south, off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn left off onto NC 18 and
go through Laurel Springs (don't blink). A few miles later turn right on
Doughton Mountain Road. Drive up to the saddle and park. There is a well maintained
gravel road climbing up and then along the northern edge of the
mountain (and beyond). It can almost be Martinized with a 4-WD. It is unsigned.
The first (lower) peak has 2 towers, one a US Government microwave tower.
Mount Rogers, Wilburn Ridge, and Whitetop can be seen to the west-northwest,
Bluff Mountain and Mount Jefferson can be seen to the west-southwest,
Grandfather far away to the southwest.
Proceed east to the western HP and a Skyline telephone relay tower. Cross a
fence and hike along the ridge to the eastern HP, where there are some large rocks.
The field between the 2 is posted for no hunting or fishing.
Contact Rocking B Farms in Laurel Springs if you plan to do either
(telephone numbers are 828-372-7467 and/or 828-372-5770).
There is a deer stand in the field between the two peaks.
Author: Patrick Craft