Ascent of Heidenkopf on 2014-03-17

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, March 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:2582 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice walk in open pine forest starting from just outside the little village of Klingenthal in the Vosges.

The GPS track was my descent route; my ascent route was the same up to the col to the SW of the hill on good forest roads, then across the south face on gradually ascending roads to a point east of the summit, then up the last bit of ridge on a good path to the flat wooded summit area. A tall stone viewing tower with a tight spiral staircase allowed views above the treetops although the air was hazy on this unusually warm spring morning. Descent directly down the southwest ridge was easy although pathless, despite a path being marked on the 1:25K IGN map 3717ET. I soon picked up my ascent route, and followed the paths back down to the road. The underlying rock in this area is a beautiful purple-red sanstone, which has been used to great effect in some of the local buildings.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1450 ft / 441 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1450 ft / 441 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1450 ft / 441 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Forest roads
    Start Trailhead:Route du Champ du Feu  1132 ft / 345 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1450 ft / 441 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Forest roads
    End Trailhead:Route du Champ du Feu  1132 ft / 345 m
    Time:50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Lee Newton
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