Ascent of Sand Mountain on 2012-11-21

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sand Mountain
    Elevation:740 ft / 225 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sand Mountain - the highest point in West Tennessee, is the lone 740 foot+ contour in Chester county.

Given its prominence above the surrounding country, Sand Mountain is not well mark but it is still not difficult to find.
Take Main Street east out of the town of Henderson and turn onto TN-100 continuing east for 5.3 miles. Turn right (south) on to TN-22 Alt S and drive 4.1 miles and turn left on to Cabo Rd. There is a fire tower at this intersection. Follow Cabo Rd as it turns into Sand Mountain Rd and look for a small house next to a gravel road on the right-hand side of the road about .5 miles from the intersection. Note: there is a bluff about halfway down Cabo Rd where you will go downhill, there is a small field where you can catch a glimpse of Sand Mountain's profile (N 35.44135 W 88.47226)

The small house next to the gated hunting property road did not look inhabited on my visit so I stopped at the house to the west to ask permission there. The old couple there did not think anyone would care but weren't sure that my car could drive up it. I parked at the gate, left my note and headed up the road. (N 35.45239 W 88.46677)
The road wraps around the back of the 'mountain' but does not ascend it. I left the road and began bushwhacking uphill. From the foliage, it seems Sand Mountain should be called 'Pine Needle Mountain.' There was a lot of deadfall and some showed signs of being burnt but the climb up was not difficult. The summit has a lot of thorny underbrush and locating the true apex was difficult. I tromped around a bit and called it complete.

Note: from the summit, I could hear voices which I assume where coming from the house that was east of where I left my car. It was further up the hill and probably much closer to the summit than where I parked.

From where I left my car, I hiked .25 miles along the gravel road then turned up hill to the summit for an additional .1 mile with about 170 feet of elevation gain.
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Sand hill, the highest point in west Tennessee (2012-11-21). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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