Ascent of Round Mountain on 2014-10-16

Climber: Lupe !

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Round Mountain
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:6600 ft / 2011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 100 - Parked the G6 about 0.5 mile E of the N end of Round Mountain at 9:54 AM. Cool, windy day, temperature 47 degrees when Lupe left the G6 to head up Round Mountain. The climb was an easy, but progressively steeper hike up through a forest thinned by logging some years ago. The top of Round Mountain is more thickly forested.

The highest part of the mountain is a long ridge of limestone running N/S. The N end of the ridge is narrow with small cliffs and a bit lower than the S end. The S end of the ridge is broader. Due to the forest, there aren't any open panoramic views except to the S. However, at various points Harney Peak, Sylvan Hill, and Thunderhead Mountain (where the Crazy Horse mountain carving has been in "progress" for decades) are visible to the E. Mt. Coolidge is to the ESE. The actual summit area is quite flat and correctly marked on the map a short distance N of the S end of the ridge.

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Black Hills, SD Expedition No. 100: Lupe at the S end of Round Mountain. View is looking S (2014-10-16). Photo by Lupe !.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Wind out of the WNW, some thin high clouds, temps around 50 degrees
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:NE slope
    Start Trailhead:Intersection of USFS Roads No. 422 & 284 1C  6180 ft / 1883 m
Descent Statistics

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