• Total Distance: 5.2 miles round trip
  • Total Elevation Gain: 1809 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous!

Sunday, January 9, 2014

It was a bluebird day as the temperature climbed from the low 30’s to the mid 50’s — a great day to be outside in the woods.

We accessed Pressley Cove Trailhead on Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #422). This little trail is only 1.3 miles to Pressley Cove Gap, but you gain 1003 ft in elevation. That is steep, my friends. You ascend to the road junction where an old chimney stands as evidence of an old home place. There are what we call, old “ditch roses” up and down the trail and portions of the old road where the trails merge.

So, when we got to the old road-bed junction, we turned right to Pressley Cove Gap.

Black Mtn. Trail intersects at the gap. We turned left and started up (again). We climbed up for 1.3 miles to Turkey Gap Trail junction at 4134 ft. of elevation. This was as far as we had planned to go as we wanted a short, steep hike to get a quick workout.  I stayed at the gap while Phil went ahead to the summit of Black Mtn  .2 mile so he could get a picture of the US Geological Survey Marker at 4286 ft. in elevation.

We turned around and hiked back down.  This is a really steep hike and going down is just as hard as going up when you have old knees and joints. It was a great day!