Ascent of Buford Mountain on 2011-10-31

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Monday, October 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Buford Mountain
    Elevation:1740 ft / 530 m

Ascent Trip Report

On MO-21, about 5 miles N of the junction with MO-NN (though nominally north, it's physically closer to west), which is in turn ~3½ miles N of Ironton, I turned E on MO-U. The broad profile of Buford Mtn is unmistakable for a few miles before the turnoff. 1.6 miles onto MO-U the road made a sharp L turn. 2.0 miles from MO-21 was a turnoff on the L, signed as the Buford Mtn Conservation Area. The turnoff proceeded ~200' to a parking area and trailhead, where a signboard with maps showed a trail to the summit of Buford Mtn.

The trail began as a gravel road at a locked gate. It went around the west side of hill 1200+ (about ¾ mile S of the main summit of Buford), climbed slightly, and ended at a higher trailhead (closed at this time). A real trail continued into the forest up the S ridge of Buford. After a strightforward climb taking 20-30 minutes' hiking time, the trail tops out on the broad, flat summit plateau of Buford, a few hundred feet W of the highest ground. I left the trail and headed through open woods to the viewless summit, where highest earth is probably a 3' high rock slab.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:690 ft / 209 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Trailhead:Buford Mtn Conservation Area  1100 ft / 335 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:25 Minutes

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