Radford City High Point Trip Report

Ingles Mtn (2,353 ft)

Date: May 5, 2005
Author: Fred Lobdell

From Exit 105 on I-81, go north on VA 232 for 0.9 miles to Rock Rd. Turn right (northeast) on Rock Rd. and go 1.3 miles to a gravel road, next to a private driveway, on the right. Turn right and drive the short distance to a water tank, passing Rock Road Cemetery on the left. Park at the water tank.

The topographic map shows some sort of trail going into the woods from the water tank, but it is not at all evident on the ground. It is easiest to just hike southwest up the northeast ridge of Ingles Mtn., bushwhacking through relatively open woods. Near the summit is a trail that will take you to the top.

At the summit is a fire ring made of large rocks, which looks to be at least partly natural. The highest rock in this fire ring appears to be the HP. If the ring is manmade, then the ground under a white oak a few feet away is probably the highest natural ground. The top is well-defined and doesn't require a lot of wandering in the wilderness. Inside the fire ring was the ubiquitous evidence of "civilization": empty beer cans.

This was a round trip hike of about 1 mile with an elevation gain of about 350 feet. It took me about 30 minutes.

On the topographic map is a double dashed line coming in from the southeast and which carried higher on the mountain than the approach I used. I reconnoitered this approach, which proved to be a private driveway. Access was barred by a wrought iron gate, so my recommendation is to do this one by the route I used.