Ascent of Coleman Knob West on 2020-03-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, March 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Coleman Knob West
    Elevation:2205 ft / 672 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rose and I came here with Hans Haustein TR and is all one needs. This TR attempts to update/add information. One must read Hans. I visited all the 3 areas. I have nothing to add to the 2 eastern areas, nothing has changed.

Western Area ..... 2 miles, 312' gain, 70 minutes RT.
We first attempted to go to Hans' TH at the white house. Hans writes " ....... continue on Highway 123 until you see the Hurricane Creek Wilderness Sign (about 1/4 mile further down Highway 123) and park along the highway, or you can turn north on the dirt road and follow it up a steep hill to a white house......".
We drove this extremely rough road (very risky for my Van) 200yds to a small house - the very friendly elderly couple was aware of the mountain being a high point, said, "This road will take you to the house but there is no one home now and I can't give you permission to go up there.". Apparently the house is for sale. I didn't ask them if the road condition is the same all the way up. Also he confirmed, "Poison ivy is al over the place."

I decided to bushwhack the climb from the south side. We went to the crest of the Hwy#123 south of the summit, driveway #1802 is to the south. This was my TH (35.70612,-93.15400), the summit is left-of-north at less than a mile. The open-looking woods to the north have no fence or posted signs.
The gradual bushwhack was easy, very open woods with hardly no underbrush, only a few obstacles to deal with - small rock ledges and small dense patches of thorny/nasty brush requiring circumventing.
I did my best not-to touch/step-on anything that looked like poison ivy branches. I'm very allergic to poison ivy so I'll see in the next few days how I did.?????
This is a good route, Rose's wait was very quiet.

Prior to coming here I took in Coleman knob to the east and added it to the PB Library. I felt that it needed to be in the Library since its "West" higher neighbor was listed.
My TH was a gated farm entrance (unposted) on the south side of #123 (35.71492,-93.13885), 1.1 miles east of the above noted TH. It's a short xcountry/whack southwest bound 300 yds to the summit - a round pasture land. No animals on this visit.

"IT'S NOT THE HOURS YOU PUT IN, BUT WHAT YOU PUT INTO THE HOURS THAT COUNT." ....... an aphorism from a fortune cookie.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:312 ft / 95 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:whack nb from #123
    Trailhead:hwy#123  1893 ft / 576 m
    Route Conditions:

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