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Ascent of Monte Sano Mountain on 2010-05-26

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:solo training hike
Date:Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Sano Mountain
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:1640 ft / 499 m

Ascent Trip Report

State Park map showed that the Red Lizard Trail could head up the ridge east and intersect with the Warpath Ridge Trail.It does BUT along Williams Broad Road has been built a recent subdivision and there is NO PARKING at the TH. Despite that - i overcome the logistical problem and set out for a brisk training hike. The woods are beautiful with sassafras, maples, and oaks. The begining of the trail was well marked with the stenciled red lizards on the limestone boulders. The slopes were steep and interesting because of the weathered limestone. In places I saw small cracks in the limestone that appeared to rift 12 feet deep into the ground.

Once the trail heads north it is relatively a slow steady grade back into the State Park. About half way up the ridge the karst sensitive area becomes littered with collapse sinks and chimney formations 4 feet to 16 feet deep. At one place I found a very exciting chimney formation that was conical and deep. Estimate the entrance to be 6 foot diameter but could not see bottom and dropping rocks down it - sounded like 40 feet. Perhaps a cavern system underlies the entire ridge.

Once you reach the plateau it is anticlimatic. The old 100 fire tower is sort of interesting but you can not climb it. It is at elevation 1,620 plus or minus so the true HP if further up plateau at the radio tower/water tower area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:920 ft / 280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
sunny summer day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:920 ft / 280 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Red Lizard to Warpath Trls.
    Start Trailhead:TH to Red Lizard Trl   720 ft / 219 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    End Trailhead:same  
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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