Ascent of Pine Mountain-East Summit on 2013-12-28

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pine Mountain-East Summit
    Elevation:1340 ft / 408 m

Ascent Trip Report

We continues along the Pine Mtn Trail until we found SR 180 and then because of the rain and cold walked along the road until we intersected the trail again (thus cutting off a few tenths not more) and adjoining the Beaver Pond Trail. This area like so many others in the park was a mess of downed trees although the park service had the trails wide open and clear but nature has a lot of work ahead of here to clean up the mess left by the big storm!

Once reaching the area near the parking I had my son, daughter, wife, and puppy go to the car to warm up as I proceeded behind the radio station and bushwhacked up through the row planted long leaf pines to find the highest point in the state park, and the highest point in Meriwether County. By making it a 7 mile loop hike I was able to earn this one which is important to me as the conquest is unfulfilling without some work in the form of gain and mileage. There was no view at this one. Then off to see the Little White house downt he road it cost around $8 per person and was pretty interesting.

Additional gain was from the saddle in the trail below Hogback Mountain back to the car as estimated from the USGS map and groudn truthing along the way. Estimated 410 feet of total gain from lower ravine in trail up and over several smaller ravines and back up to the road at elevation 1340 plus (which is ironically as high as the CHP since the exact eleavtion is not known but clearly above 1340) then another 70 feet along Beaver Pond Trail. Thus, the total gain was about 480 feet of which 240 is straight gain from the starting elevation of 1100 up to the CHP at 1340. Thus, the add gain is the differnce of total-calculated (480-240=240) and that will give and estimate of all the regain along the way from the saddle. Mileage is 1.7 along Beaver pond trail plus the bushwhack (estimated at quater mile each way (.25), and the section along the road (0.6 mile), and the section along Pine Mtn Trail saddle to the road (1.2 mile). thus,3.8 miles up and 0.2 down.

My pedometer read 24,341 steps for the day. That included my early morning hike at 3.4 miles plus this total hike at 7.9 miles for a hiking day of 11.3 miles. Pedometer estimated 12.3 miles walking for the day and i walked little in between hikes during the day so that sounds about right.

Total day of 2 hikes and 3 peaks was 11.3 miles and only 1,470 feet of total gain since the mountains are not all that tall.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:480 ft / 146 m
    Total Elevation Loss:280 ft / 85 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:480 ft / 146 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 240 ft / 73 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Pine Mtn. Trail to beaver Ponds Tr to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:saddle  1100 ft / 335 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:bushwhack to parking
    End Trailhead:WJSP Parking Lot  1300 ft / 396 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Pine Mountain Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hogback Mountain2013-12-28 b480 ft / 146 m
2Pine Mountain-East Summit2013-12-28 c480 ft / 146 m
Total Trip Gain: 960 ft / 292 m    Total Trip Loss: 960 ft / 292 m

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