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Ascent of Magazine Mountain on 1992-03-13

Climber: Greg Slayden

Date:Friday, March 13, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Magazine Mountain
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:2753 ft / 839 m

Ascent Trip Report

I woke up reasonably early, and after getting dressed searched the motel and environs for a coke machine, unsuccessfully, so I had to make due with water to drink to go with my breakfast cereal. I then threw my junk in the car on the warm and humid (for March) morning and headed out of Ozark, AR, bound for Magazine Mountain, the 2753 foot high point of Arkansas. I had been to Magazine before, in 1989, but, without any maps, guides, or people to ask directions of, I had stupidly missed climbing Signal Hill, the highest knob on the crest of the main mountain mass. I was glad to be able to rectify my embarrassing error.

There was virtually no traffic on the roads as I happily and quickly cruised south on AR 23 to AR 309, the road that climbed up the broad bulk of Magazine Mountain blocking my path. My car strained a bit on the uphill, but I soon arrived at the turnoff to the summit area (missing it at first and having to turn around and come back), a road that led to a campground, picnic area, overlooks, etc. Here I drove in a bit, parked at the campground I remembered from 1989 (basically deserted), and grabbed my camera before starting my hike.

The Signal Hill trail started right across from the campground, and after signing in at a register (hardly necessary for my short hike, but I wanted to braggingly write about my soon-to-be 46th state high point, not having any brass plaques on me), easily hiked uphill for ten minutes through thin winter woods, and soon came to a clearing with a cairn, USGS benchmark, and small sign. I had scaled Magazine Mountain's apex, and now only Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Wyoming's highpoints awaited my conquest.

There were no views, so I rested for a bit, took some pictures, then hiked back down to the car easily, remembering to sign out in the register. At the car I kept on walking, cutting through some woods to an area of cliffs, where overlooks had been built--Magazine Mountain was apparently a long, narrow plateau with cliffs on its steep sides, but its summit was just a wooded knob atop the plateau. Therefore, views and scenery were much better at the cliffside areas, where I rested, took some pictures, and took my time in the pleasant, cool sunshine.

Back at the car I saw the first other people on the mountain, a lost family, and I got in and drove around to the north side of Magazine's plateau, stopped for a minute to look at the views off of those cliffs, then continued back out to the main road, AR 309.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:173 ft / 53 m
    Trailhead:2580 ft / 786 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool



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