After cresting the spur we crossed a saddle, then began a long series of switchbacks up to the top of Peters Mountain. Peters is one of those long ridge-and-valley mountains described in an earlier post, and runs for at least 15 miles along the Va-WVa border. After about 2 miles of switchbacks you reach the top of Peters Mountain, where it's typically very flat, sometimes several hundred yards wide, other times a few dozen yards across. It was wonderfully cool and breezy on the top, and we had a pleasant stroll on the ridgetop for about 2 miles to the Rice Fields.
Asta running atop flat, fern-covered Peters Mountain
Checking out a turtle.
The AT heading north across the Rice Fields.
Looking northwest into West Virginia from the Rice Fields.
Southwest view of WV from the Rice Fields as Asta frolics.