Amherst County Highpoint Trip Report
Rocky Mtn, Bald Knob, and Mt Pleasant
Dates: March 25-26, 2005
Author: Don Desrosiers
Previous directions to Rocky Mountain will get you there easily enough.
However, when you go, remember the first fork at 1.6 miles. You MUST come back
to this point. Do not be fooled by the maps and signs. Wiggins Spring Road is
gated on both ends. This is noted on the National Geographic Map (#789) but
from the Salt Log Gap side it does not become painfully obvious until you have
driven around the corner and must back up for a good quarter of a mile.
For Mount Pleasant and Bald Knob, retrace your path back to the 1.6-mile point
and turn left onto Wiggins Spring Road (reasonable road but no pavement). Drive
2.8 miles to Hog Camp Gap (small parking area just past the crest) or continue
another 4/10 mile to the larger parking area for Mount Pleasant (well marked).
Bald Knob -- From Hog Camp Gap, note the good woods road to the right of the AT.
It is the "mower access road" for Cole/Cold (and the old AT). Follow this road
as far as you can and avoid the highest reaches of Cole/Cold. When it ends,
stay on the AT, descending into Cow Camp Gap before heading up to Bald Knob.
The top is somewhat flat, although as Fred Lobdell noted, the boulders appear to
contain the highest point.
From here you have a couple of options.
Head back to Hog Camp Gap via the AT -- not difficult but it's been done --
or at Cow Camp Gap head east on the blue blazed "Old Hotel Trail". There is an AT
shelter 6/10 mile down the trail where the dogs and I spent the night. Continue
on this good trail and in 3 miles you come to the Mount Pleasant parking area
noted above. This is slightly longer than going back over Cole/Cold but has
Mount Pleasant -- From the Mount Pleasant Trails parking area, take the Henry
Lanum Trail either left or right. It is a 5.2 mile circuit and Mount Pleasant
is 2.6 miles, so it doesn't really matter which way you go. Pay attention to
the blue blazes and don't miss the side trail to the actual summit. I think
there are views but it was a bit foggy.