Ascent of Flagstaff-Southwest Ridge on 2021-01-12
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, January 12, 2021|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||Saint Martin/Sint Maarten|
| Elevation:||1214 ft / 370 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSo, 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|
| 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|
| 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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