Ascent of Wildcat Mound on 2013-07-06

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Amy
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wildcat Mound
    Elevation:1330 ft / 405 m

Ascent Trip Report

Amy and I hiked with full packs from the parking lot on North Settlement Road around sunset to find a good place to camp. We went on the Red Oak Trail and saw one other tent set up with people camping. It's free to do dispersed camping here if you get a permit. We saw one other car in the parking lot with a permit, but we did not encounter them. We continued on, crossing over Shale Road. From there we stayed on the far left trail, Wild Cat, and made camp on top of a knoll. In the morning we left camp (as we were staying for two nights) and continued on the Wild Cat trail to go to the top of Wildcat Mound. There were many blueberries along the way which was a surprise to me. At one point we got off trail in the logged area and ended up going straight up one of the final pitches. We got a glimpse of a great view to the west and had to do a climbing move to get up over a small vertical rock face about 5' high. Then we found a little quarried area at the top, with a defined summit. It looked like a good place to camp and already had a fire ring, but the mosquitoes were awful due to the flat area's capability to hold water. From there we hiked down the east side on a trail that met back up with the cross-country skiing trail once more. There were more cool rock faces in this area. On the trail we encountered a jenny turkey with a few poults. One stayed in the middle of the trail and we saw it up close. Later on the temperature got unpleasantly hot in sandy forest, but we still made it back to camp after finishing the Wild Cat loop trail. Two warnings: the well at the parking lot is not advisable to drink as the water is high in nitrates, and we continually pulled ticks off each other which amounted to dozens on each of us per day. July is certainly tick season.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:755 ft / 229 m
    Total Elevation Loss:660 ft / 201 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:455 ft / 138 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 225 ft / 69 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Red Oak trail to Wild Cat trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot on N Settlement Rd  1105 ft / 336 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:430 ft / 131 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 130 ft / 40 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Wild Cat Trail
    End Trailhead:Campsite  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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