Ascent of Devils Millhopper State Park High Point on 2014-11-08

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Devils Millhopper State Park High Point
    Elevation:180 ft / 54 m

Ascent Trip Report

Very cool geologic feature worth seeing. Most intersting sinkhole I have ever seen. To make it a hike, I parked at the parking lot and hiked down to the baordwalks. Jogged down the 120 foot drop of 232 wooden steps. Many micro habitat- climates present in this deep hole and many audible sinks draining into the hole at the bottom. Then ran up the step and took the loop trail and found the radio towers. Worked around them and bushwhacked around what should be the highpoint area and up to the paved road that bisects the park. Then returned to car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:140 ft / 42 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:130 ft / 39 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 120 ft / 36 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:parking to trail to boardwalks to rim trail to rad
    Start Trailhead:Bottom of the sinkhole at end of boardwalks  60 ft / 18 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km

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