I found a solid 7 mile, 3,300' sustained (almost) climb much closer to my house than the Mt. Mitchell trail an hour away that goes 3,700' in 5.5 miles. I almost feel stupid for not putting this together much sooner. There's a 4 mile, 1,550' climb up a beautiful road, Rt. 151, with almost no traffic, then a 1.5 mile, 1,050' climb (50' down) on Shut-In's final section, then a 1.5 mile, 700' (300' down)up to the summit of Mt. Pisgah. The 300' descent is really the only interruption during this climb, and it comes right between the 1,050' and 700' climbs. The 300' down is done in just a 1/4 mile so it's only a few minutes for the interruption.
I wanted to get most of the descent done early while my legs were fresh so I parked my car at 5,000' at the Mt. Pisgah lot, then ran down Shut-In and Rt. 151, where I turned around and did the 3,300' climb to the top of Mt. Pisgah 5,700'. Felt really good the whole way. Now I just need to get some one to drop me off at the bottom so I can TT this bad boy!
15 hours ago