Ascent of Buford Mountain on 2011-10-31
|Date:||Monday, October 31, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1740 ft / 530 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn 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|
| Time Up:||30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||25 Minutes|
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