Ascent of Petit Jean Mountain on 2019-12-27

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, December 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Petit Jean Mountain
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: This was my fourth and final peak in a day of Arkansas peakbagging. I came in from the north after visiting Magazine Mountain and Google Maps surprisingly got me to the top without a problem. I had Tom Layton's GPS track as a backup (thanks Tom), which matched the route I took, so I would recommend using it if you are worried about directions. To make this a near drive-up, you will be on dirt roads for nearly 10 miles. The majority of these miles were in great condition and suitable for any vehicle. The final 2 miles or so got a bit rougher and might scare off a timid driver in a sedan. I was driving my 4Runner on this trip, but I am certain I could have gotten my Optima all the way if I was careful.

The Climb: I parked on the side of the road near its closest approach to the summit. From here, an old overgrown road took me to the high point in a hundred yards or so. The highest point is a man-made rubble pile, so I stood atop it and any other natural contenders and called it good. I also found the foundations for a lookout tower. Based on the size of the trees growing in the area, I assume the tower was demolished long ago.

My Thoughts: There is really nothing impressive about this peak in general, but it is one of the most prominent in Arkansas and is a drive-up, so I figured I'd stop by. On this winter day, all of the vegetation appeared dead and the trees were quite gnarled. The high point was also enshrouded in a thick fog, giving it quite an eerie appearance, not unlike the setting in every bad horror film right before some crazy person starts chopping everyone up with an old chainsaw.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so feel free to contact me if you want to team up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:21 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:2419 ft / 737 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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