Rockingham County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: May 11, 2008
A break in the rain - the Weather Channel says the big system moving through
will disappear then another big one will come through late Sunday (today).
Given that, I made a very early run at Slate Springs Mountain (Rockingham VA cohp)
and Reddish Knob (likely p2k peak).
The drive from Winchester area past Harrisonburg took about an hour. I followed
VA-257 through Bridgewater, Dayton, and Ottobine to Briery Branch then up the
paved forest road to the Briery Gap on the WV/VA line. No rain but blowing very
heavily and very cold - low 40s. I chanced my little Chevy Malibu rental about
a mile up the road toward Slate Springs Summit but then parked when I hit some
big mud patches and walked from there.
Moved fast to stay warm. Views were nice but probably nicer in clear weather.
Back to my car, I drove back to the gap then up the paved road to Reddish Knob summit.
This was a disappointing top - the paved parking area and guard rails
are covered over in graffiti. I beat the rain barely, getting a good soak when
back on I-81.
Author: Scott Surgent