The View from atop Oak Mountain

Their are two mountains to the north of the house, and both of them dominate the eyes when entering the valley on Fibber Magee Drive. Stopping by Otter Pond last May 15th, below, Oak Mountain is the first one to the right.

Oak Mountain Rutherford
Oak Mountain Map
Oak Mountain Topo
The red cross marks the summit of Oak Mountain, and the blue cross marks the location of my house.

The trail is an old logging road that snakes its way along the eastern ridge for about a mile. Although the climb is a mere 600 feet vertically, the overgrown path presents quite a challenge even to the seasoned hiker. It is just after sunrise, and the temperature is 42 degrees. Nearing the summit, the trees seem to congregate around the top. There are no evergreens along the entire upper ridge, only hardwoods.
Oak Mountain Summit
Because the trees are so thick near the top, and the new leaves obscure anything along the horizon, all of these views are taken from a small clearing just down the southeast slope along the narrow trail.
Mount Shumont Cliffs
Mt. Shumont, above, at almost 4,000 feet is the tallest visible peak from Oak Mountain’s south face.
A smaller Young’s Mountain, below, is just as impressive early in the morning.
Young's Mountain Forest
Looking toward the southeast, King’s Mountain is clearly visible on the horizon, below,  a distance of about 80 miles.
King's Mountain Horizon
In the foreground of the same photo, a horse farm greets the rising sun.

Western Piedmont Plateau
A turn due south, above, features the western Piedmont Plateau and its rolling foothills. The next mountain above 1,200 feet in this direction is in Panama, just west of the Canal.

Tryon Mountain Vista
Toward the southwest past Bill’s Mountian is Tryon Peak, above, along the South Carolina border.

Oak Mountain North View
Looking back toward the summit from the north slope, the oaks, hickorys, maples, and ash are nearly 125 feet tall.

Otter Pond Blue
At the bottom of the logging trail, familiar Otter Pond welcomes a weary hiker, with its cattail lined western bank. The two mile hike was well worth the effort.

Oak Mountain Cabin
This image, made last Spring, shows the north face of Oak Mountain above this historic log home. This is the side over the mountain from my valley.

2 thoughts on “The View from atop Oak Mountain

  1. Whew, what a trek you had, but see why because the views are unbelievable from everywhere you looked. The serenity of the being among the trees…just viewing the picture, gives me that. So glad you share. Wouldn’t mind staying a night at that cute cabin

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