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Ascent of Golan Heights on 2010-05-26

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Golan Heights
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:1580 ft / 481 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at hikers lot. Mistakenly took the North Plateau Loop south and west before finally heading north down the Sinks Trail. The sinks were interesting with many severe limestone erosional features. Most of the hike had been level and with no peaks and since i was out on a training hike to work out the legs i found the small steep ridge trail up the peak at Golan Heights to get some vertical. The top of the hill was studded with large blocks of rectangular limestone that had been uplifted then eroded. One nice view off the NE face into the valley.

Best part of hike was the Stone Cuts trail. Here the limestone has been cut my severe water erosion forces that have long since ended and then uplifted. The valleys are in places 12 to 30 feet deep and in several places the cuts go underground and the temperature dropped 20 degrees. It was like walking through caves on the trail. Very interesting geology since the erosional forces that carved the cuts are not longer active.

0.0 1,600 Parking
1.0 1,580 West on North Plat Trl.(-20)
1.4 1,610 (+30)
2.5 1,490 Join the Sink Trail (-120)
2.9 1,300 Jtn with Logan Return Trl (-190)
3.2 1,400 Sinks Trl. (+100)
3.7 1,280 LP Sinks (-120)
4.5 1,500 Stone Cuts Trl.(+220)
4.8 1,570 HP Golan Hts.(+70)
5.3 1,450 End of stone cuts Trail (-120)
5.8 1,320 LP on Logan Point Trl. (-130)

Total Additional Gain = 30+100+220+70=420
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Total Elevation Loss:700 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Grade/Class:1 to 1.5
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
sunny summer day
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Loss on way in:440 ft / 134 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:No Loop, Sink, Stone Cuts Trl.
    Start Trailhead:Parking  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Stone Cuts Trl then Logan Pt
    End Trailhead:LP in Logan Pt. Trl.  1320 ft / 402 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Logan

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Golan Heights2010-05-26 a420 ft / 128 m
2Logan Point2010-05-26 b580 ft / 177 m
Total Trip Gain: 1000 ft / 305 m    Total Trip Loss: 1000 ft / 304 m



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