Ascent of Flagstaff-Southwest Ridge on 2021-01-12

Climber: David Darby

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Flagstaff-Southwest Ridge
    Location:Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
    Elevation:1214 ft / 370 m

Ascent Trip Report

So, this hike went exactly opposite of what I had expected. Many people approach from Pic Paradis which I had already climbed ~11 yrs ago. I noticed in the satellite images a trail that came up from the end of the road by the Chez Yvette restaurant (which I recommend). Since I was staying on this side, driving to the trailhead was much shorter than driving around to the west side for Pic Paradis. So, I went for it.

I pulled in and parked on the dirt road. The trail follows the somewhat grown in dirt road then turns into a maintained trail as it ascends up under the power lines. The trail was pretty well maintained and easy to follow. Once you reach the ridge (the 3rd power line tower I think), the trail merges into the ridge trail that comes over from Pic Paradis. I was expecting the trail to follow the ridge up to Flagstaff and then have to bushwhack over to Flagstaff-Southwest Ridge. But, shortly after the merge, and just after the "house", the trail contours around to the right instead of ascending to Flagstaff. I followed it as I had noticed what looked like a trail ascending the ridge from the other direction in the satellite images. The trail does contour around to the SW and at the ridge there is a spur trail that heads East right to the summit. No bushwhack necesary!!

After a few pics, I retraced my route contouring back around and at the house I thought there would be a trail up to Flagstaff. I tried to bushwhack different areas but everything was overgrown and THICK. I was running out of time so aborted since Flagstaff doesn't really count for anything. I followed the same route back down to the car without any trouble.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1198 ft / 364 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1198 ft / 365 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1098 ft / 334 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Chez Yvette Rd  116 ft / 35 m
    Time:36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1198 ft / 365 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1098 ft / 335 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    End Trailhead:Chez Yvette Rd  116 ft / 35 m
    Time:55 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Darby
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