Ascent of Walsh Mountain on 2002-05-27

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Monday, May 27, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Walsh Mountain
    Elevation:2303 ft / 701 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was now in the southwest portion of Oklahoma, which is not as flat as people might think. There are a lot of interesting granitic extrusions that jut above the landscape. Many of the county highpoints down this way are atop these hills, which aren't necessarily so little, either. Such is the case of Walsh Mountain, highpoint of Greer County.

From the appropriately-named town of Granite, I followed local roads and the maps until I was west of the peak, which sat on private property. I drove in to the main residence and knocked. A woman answered, and once I explained my request, she was as sweet as could be. Not only did I get permission, but I got a free 15-minute chat out the encounter, too. I think she enjoyed the random company.

I followed a service road to the top, following it past some animal pens, then up some sections that were both steep and muddy from recent storms. However, the hillsides were covered in wildflowers, so it was very pretty, too. I was on top after 15 minutes, a half-mile hike with 570 feet of gain. I found the benchmark nearby some buildings, looked around the countryside, then hiked back down.

Back at the house, I said goodbye and got another 15 minutes of local history. The property has been in her family since the 1870s. She was a super person and I am glad I met her.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:570 ft / 173 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:1733 ft / 528 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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