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Ascent of Salem Lookout on 2014-12-29

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, December 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Salem Lookout
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:950 ft / 289 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the former church shown on USGS map. Although the church has been cleared and now only the parking exists, my phone actually gave me directions to "mountain springs church." Then, I walked down the clay road and found the little creek running along the West side at elevation 700 and tagged the creek as my trailhead, then walked back up to the intersection, took a left, and headed West up the sometimes steep maintenance road to find the easy highpoint. The tower foundation is now all that stands. In the place of the old fire tower is a bunch of radio towers. The second tower beyond the HP is gated secure. Some views from the road in both directions. Nice for a southeastern state - by no means a view like out West but in the SE states you get excited about any view at all.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:270 ft / 82 m
    Total Elevation Loss:270 ft / 82 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
60F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:240 ft / 73 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 180 ft / 55 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:hike down to low point on CR 258 then back up
    Start Trailhead:Mountain Springs Church Parking  770 ft / 234 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:210 ft / 64 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 180 ft / 55 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:tower maintenance road
    End Trailhead:Mountain Springs Church Parking  770 ft / 234 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Alabama CHPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Troup County High Point2014-12-29 a95 ft / 29 m
2Salem Lookout2014-12-29 b270 ft / 82 m
3Chambers County High Point2014-12-29 c200 ft / 61 m
4Hernandez Peak-South Slope2014-12-29 d440 ft / 134 m
5McDill Point2014-12-29 e198 ft / 60 m
6(Attempt) Hernandez Peak2014-12-29 f460 ft / 140 m
Total Trip Gain: 1663 ft / 506 m    Total Trip Loss: 1388 ft / 423 m



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