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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking toward the southeast, King’s Mountain is clearly visible on the horizon, below, a distance of about 80 miles.
In the foreground of the same photo, a horse farm greets the rising sun.