Ascent of Pine Mountain on 2014-12-01

Climber: William Musser

Date:Monday, December 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pine Mountain
    Elevation:1562 ft / 476 m

Ascent Trip Report

Found the TH as sun was going down. It is easy to find and right off the I-75 exit so a nice place to get to easily if you want a quick hike up a nicely maintained trail up a small mountain with some view over the dammed lake to the south near the Red Top Mountain State Park.

What amazed me was the amount of people using this tiny park during a weekday and as the sun was setting. Coming down in the dark ( I had a head lamp with me) there were still people heading up this small peak to get a sunset - moon view before heading home. I must have passed 10 to 12 groups a people in my 50 minutes. I hiked very fast up the grade and jogged down the trail. I took one quick detour to go see the tower, debated running over to the minor subpeak to the north and then decided against coming back to the car in the total dark. I will come back when I have more time and circle the entire mountain and do all the trails. But for today, I re-climbed the saddle back to the west trail and jogged back to the car. Decent little local hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:772 ft / 234 m
    Total Elevation Loss:772 ft / 235 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
69F and out at 66F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:672 ft / 204 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 622 ft / 190 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:West Trail
    Start Trailhead:parking lot for West Trail access  940 ft / 286 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:722 ft / 220 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 622 ft / 190 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:saddle tower then to West Trail
    End Trailhead:parking lot for West Trail access  940 ft / 286 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: GA-HPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Heard County High Point2014-12-01 a175 ft / 53 m
2Sewell Benchmark2014-12-01 b44 ft / 13 m
3Blackjack Mountain2014-12-01 c205 ft / 62 m
4Pine Mountain2014-12-01 d772 ft / 235 m
Total Trip Gain: 1196 ft / 363 m    Total Trip Loss: 1152 ft / 350 m

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