Ascent of Round Top Mountain on 2019-09-29

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Round Top Mountain
    Elevation:2507 ft / 764 m

Ascent Trip Report

Round Mountain (or Round Top Mountain, depending on which map you're looking at) would be my only hike of the morning before having to return to Baton Rouge. I bagged it after picking up a few of the roadside "peaks" west of Queen Wilhelmina SP in the early morning fog. I arrived at the Round Mountain TH (34.63832, -94.25796) at 8:37am, which is located on the southeast corner of the roadside vista marked Round Mountain Vista. Dennis Stewart's 2016-01-31 ascent documents this as well as the TH location. I used his trip report as my main source for researching this ascent. Thanks, Dennis!

I departed the vehicle at 8:37am and overall the hike is straightforward using the existing trail until the trail reaches the base of the peak where I jumped off (around 34.62967, -94.25303) for the final bushwhack to the summit. From here I proceeded directly up the northwest slope reaching the peak at 9:10am. Total time up was 37 minutes. The veg and short trees can get a bit annoying between the repeated ducking, arm scratching, and occasional spider web to the face. But otherwise no issues to report. I did come across some bear scat on the bushwhack up so there are some large mammals in the area. On the summit there is a rock outcrop about 40 feet in length that straddles the summit under the tree cover. Not much of a view to report from this location.

My return trek was much the same as the ascent, albeit I chose a slightly different descent angle to the east to return to the main trail. While making my descent I came across a random cairn at 34.62967, -94.25126 that sat above a short stretch of old trail demarcated by stones along one side. It was mostly overgrown by small trees but it appears that at one time there was a path to get up here. Continuing on I soon picked up the main trail and was back at the vehicle at 9:38am. Time down was about 28 minutes. My trip distance was 1.9 miles roundtrip with a total elevation gain of 237 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:237 ft / 72 m
    Total Elevation Loss:237 ft / 72 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:237 ft / 72 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Maintained Tr, Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Round Mountain Vista TH  2270 ft / 691 m
    Time:33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:237 ft / 72 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Bushwhack, Maintained Tr
    End Trailhead:Round Mountain Vista TH  2270 ft / 691 m
    Time:23 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kreg Ellzey
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