Ascent of Indian Fort Mountain - East Pinnacle on 2014-04-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, April 24, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Indian Fort Mountain - East Pinnacle|
| Elevation:||1503 ft / 458 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI was impressed to run accross this jewel of a connected mountain hike. I was going to bag the CHP Bear Mountain later that day but wow, right accross from Bear Mountain Road was this parking area and a hiking area for the Berea College students and locals. Indian Fort Mountain has many connected trials meandering all around and all over this large sedimentary mountain of limestone and conglomerate rock. It has a relatively flat plateau top that has eroded many fingers projecting out with many great views from steep eroded walls that form several pinnacles. Some of the nicest walls I have seen in KY with lots of scrambling around the tops for those that like playing in the rocks just off the side of the trail (especially off this peak).
Suprisingly, the erosion of the sedimentary rock has left several saddles so that most of these features actually become separate sub peaks of Indian Fort Mountain and have some prominence of around 200 feet in places which is not bad for KY subpeaks. The views off of this subpeak is some of the best I saw all day. The conglomerate rock is interesting with cemented pebbles the size of something you might buy at Home Depot embedded in the matrix and eroding out onto the trails making it look like the trails had imported stone.
I parked in the parking lot and then walked down to the County Road to get a reading on my GPS at 990 to maximize my excercise and gain and then started. I was surprised that none of these features were in the Peakbagger database. My goal was to hit half of the subpeaks (everything on the east side) and the peak of the moutain, then, make a bushwhack attempt at unregistered Robe Mountain. I got all that I wanted for the day in a series of climbs/hikes and will return for the west side some other time.
As with all of these features the actual highpoint of the named feature is not at the observation platform of rocks but typically in the middle of the ridge near the wall. You descend down some to the named part of the feature each time.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||573 ft / 174 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||263 ft / 79 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.5 km|
| Grade/Class:||1 (but some 3 on wal|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||573 ft / 174 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 513 ft / 157 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m|
| Loss on way in:||60 ft / 18 m|
| Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.4 km|
| Route:||Main Trail to E Pinnacle Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||CR 21 at lower parking 990 ft / 301 m|
| Loss on way out:||203 ft / 61 m|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:||meandering the wall then down to saddle|
| End Trailhead:||Saddle between East Pinnacle and Indian Fort Peak 1300 ft / 396 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Indian Fort Mountain|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1776 ft / 542 m Total Trip Loss: 1651 ft / 504 m
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