Ascent of Talona Mountain on 2019-11-07

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, November 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Talona Mountain
    Elevation:2080 ft / 633 m

Ascent Trip Report

Can drive up. The USGS map shows a trail but now it is a paved road to the top with nice homes on both sides BUT the radio equipment is separately fenced and neighborhood is NOT gated. In fact, the neighbors were quite friendly. At the top shared by the equipment towers is a large cross and a plaque dedicated to Jesus with a quote from John 1:12

I drove near to the top checked it out then drove back down parked where I could and "earned" the prominence by hiking the road up to the cross and back.

There are very nice views up top. Best views of any hike I did on this 6 peak trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:780 ft / 237 m
    Total Elevation Loss:70 ft / 20 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:745 ft / 227 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 710 ft / 216 m; Extra: 35 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Talona Mountain Road
    Start Trailhead:Ella Gap  1370 ft / 417 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Bald GA

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Big Bald Mountain2019-11-06 a1808 ft / 551 m
2Horsepen Knob2019-11-06 b315 ft / 96 m
3Stanley Gap Point 27312019-11-06 c311 ft / 95 m
5Rocky Mountain2019-11-071223 ft / 373 m
10Talona Mountain2019-11-07 b780 ft / 238 m
Total Trip Gain: 4437 ft / 1353 m    Total Trip Loss: 1195 ft / 364 m

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