Ascent of Moyennel Mont on 2013-01-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, January 6, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||768 m / 2520 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportI drove to the Vosges originally intending to climb one of the higher tops, but the weather when I got there was absolutely foul, with low cloud and persistent drizzle, the forecast had been quite different. I changed the plan to bagging a few P150m lower forested tops which would mainly have no views anyway, even in good weather.
The first of these was Moyennel Mont. Having located the tiny hamlet of Ivoux, southest of St Die des Vosges, I was pleased to find I could drive up to the Crois des Jumeaux, the col immediately NNW of the summit. The road was dirt for the last km or so, but fine with care for my Renault Megane. At the road junction there was room to park near a war memorial (the Croix). From there I headed southeast along the forest road for about 600m until a junction with another forest road doubling back steeply up the hillside. This was followed to another junction (signed le Chemin d'Arnoud) with a narrower path leading directly to the forested summit area. The highest ground was not terribly obvious but was probably on the southeast side on a small sandstone outcrop that would have allowed some limited views if I hadn´t been well above the cloud level.. Returning by the same route I was quickly back at the car. What looks like a direct path on the map from col to summit is not to be recommended unless you particularly enjoy bushwhacking.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||141 m / 460 ft|
| Distance:||2 km / 1.2 mi|
| Route:||Forest road / Chemin d'Arnaud|
| Trailhead:||Croix des Jumeaux 627 m / 2060 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds|
| Time Up:||20 Minutes|
| Time Down:||15 Minutes|
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