Ascent of Johns Mountain Lookout on 2012-10-20

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Johns Mountain Lookout
    Elevation:1883 ft / 573 m

Ascent Trip Report

We found the trailhead at the parking lot off of Pocket Road. Take Forest Service Road (FSR) 208 if you want to drive a paved road to the top or take FSR 702 if you want to hike to the top. We hiked so we parked at the lot at the end of 702 in John Mountain Pocket Recreational Area. I ran down and found John Creek below at elevation ??? which became my TH. Then I rejoned Karen up at the car. My trip thus started at 11:40 AM

We climbed the steep but well maintained Pinhoti Trail. The blow down from previous storms was well cleared and the ravines were attractive and the fall color much more interesting here than at Lookout Mountain farther to the north in TN.

We summitted at 12:36 PM and the views at the top were wonderful. There is an observation deck that looks to the west and a paved road that comes to the top. We preferred, however, to earn the view by hiking up. The view to the west is over nice pasture, farms, woods, and other ridges in the distance (Taylor and Dick Ridge).

We used the Pinhoti Trail and other side trails to descend and to see other cliff features and Keown Fall (which was dry) but had an impressive cave overhang. We ended up gaining about 115 feet of additional gain because of the various side tails, observation ledges, and waterfall area that we explored and had to regain.

We were back at the car by 1:35 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1028 ft / 313 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1028 ft / 313 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:1, and lots of 1+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect Fall day for a bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:913 ft / 278 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Pinhoti Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot  970 ft / 295 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1028 ft / 313 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 913 ft / 278 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Gain on way out:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Pinhoti and other trails
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  970 ft / 295 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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