Ascent of Johns Mountain on 2012-10-20

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Johns Mountain
    Elevation:1860 ft / 566 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used the USGS BM as a reference and parked near it at the the first parking lot from the 90 degree bend on the west side of Pocket Road (where it becomes Everret Springs Road). I planned my bushwhack carefully as most of the ravines run very north by NW and if you overshoot your mark you might not find the road easily coming back because of the sharp 90 degree bend. This tiny parking location gave me a large ravine to bushwhack that took a little more westerly bearing which was needed to help steer me westerly.
You have to be careful, because the ravines meander some and tend to end up going north and you really need to stay NW and west to find the peak.

Karen waited in the car reviewing the most interesting local newspaper I picked up for her amusement at a local gas station where I purchased my Gatorades. The weekly newpaper was called "Just Busted" and sported the faces and arresting details of local people in the area that had been recently arrested and what law they had violated. The magazine had at least 150 faces in it covering several counties. The lady at the counter said to me..."Yea, it is a lot of fun to check it weekly. There is always someone in there I know." Really? GULP! I thought do I really want to bushwhack a mountain near this gas station? Ha!

It was a very nice bushwhack with lots of fall color. Dogwoods, Oak, Hickory, and Maple. I had to tie flags upslope all the way to the top as the ravines divided and subdivided many times. I huffed and puffed and tied many flags as the Gator Game against South Carolina awaited me coming down. It took nearly an hour to do the 2 miles to the summit and that was booking it. Coming down I walked fast or jogged when I could; only stopping to where I lost my bearing on the pre-tied flags. The ridge is fairly open hardwoods and I was able to find the county summit along the ridge easily.

The forest road near the top of the mountain was not an option for me to snag this County HP. We could not find it at the base of the mountain. I found the road near the top of the mountain but it was overgrown and did not look like it had been used recently.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1006 ft / 306 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1006 ft / 306 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect Fall day for a bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1006 ft / 306 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Bushwhack NW along the ravines
    Start Trailhead:Parking area for NFS campsite  854 ft / 260 m
    Time:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1006 ft / 306 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:same and trip in reverse
    End Trailhead:same  854 ft / 260 m
    Time:25 Minutes

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