Ascent of Alex Mountain on 2020-01-01

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Alex Mountain
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: As at least one other person has mentioned, the roads in the Sky Valley area are very confusing. I was coming from Clayton and Google Maps did not take me along viable routes. First, it tried an approach from the west but I ran into private property issues on Old Kelsey Mountain Road. The road was not gated, but was posted against through traffic and trespassing. The alternative route suggested by Google Maps was through the Sky Valley Country Club, so I tried that. This is the correct way to access Alex Mountain, but Google Maps tried taking me down some non-existent roads. In the end, it got me close enough that I could just find my way up. From the clubhouse, I think my route was Elite Drive to Alpine Lane to Alex Mountain Drive to Wild Bird Lane. In this mess of roads are several that are one way and some dead end at residences without any warning depending on the direction you turned onto them. Lastly, the final stretch of road up to Alex Mountain is paved, but very steep. Most cars would make it fine, but I wouldn't try it in icy conditions.

The Climb: After the navigational fiasco to get to the top, summitting only took a short walk over to the highest point, which is directly west of the facility on top. I didn't see a benchmark, but I didn't really look very hard.

My Thoughts: Due to the navigational mess and underwhelming summit, Alex Mountain was not one to remember. However, it was my first Georgia 4,000 footer, so it has that going for it at least. Some of the houses on the way up were pretty impressive (and far more expensive than anything I could ever afford).

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:12 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:4068 ft / 1239 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear

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