Ascent of Stony Mountain on 2013-07-13
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, July 13, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1651 ft / 503 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHot, 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|
| Gain on way in:||356 ft / 108 m|
| Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.4 km|
| Start Trailhead:||1295 ft / 394 m|
| Time:||45 Minutes|
| Time:||40 Minutes|
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