Ascent of Stony Mountain on 2013-07-13

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stony Mountain
    Elevation:1651 ft / 503 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hot, hot day. Buggy as well. Parked at the gate off Gold Mine Road and hiked down the road with the rumble of thunder in the distance. This 1 1/4 mile section of the hike is quite lovely. You pass a nice meadow. I saw about 20 turkeys and a pheasant. When you come to the split in the trail, stay to the right. On the left, the trail follows the Gold Mine Run down the hill. There was a large tow-behind Bear Trap sitting the the trail (empty). At around 1.25 miles, I searched for a manway to start the bushwhack up to Stony Mountain. I didn't see any, so I made my own, pretty much aiming NNW directly toward the summit. This was not my best idea. The bushwhack was miserable in the heat (though I did see some pretty orange salamanders in the loam), and I ran into some third class slabby rocks. I fought my way up these, then battled briars to the summit area. There is a cairn, thanks to the previous Cohpers. Heading down, I decided to head off the southwest side of the summit and I found it to be much easier. Future Cohpers should take the trail to just southeast of the col between the Summit and its southwest neighbor. It should save a few minutes of bushwhacking and scrambling.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:356 ft / 108 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:356 ft / 108 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Start Trailhead:1295 ft / 394 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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