Ascent of Hernandez Peak-South Slope on 2014-12-29

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, December 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hernandez Peak-South Slope
    Elevation:2240 ft / 682 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice parking lot. I should have started on the Com Tower trail or paid better attention to the trails. I wanted to get Hernandez Peak but I did not get it. Just before the tight hairpin curve along SR 281, I found a nice parking lot that gives access to the Pinhoti Trail. The USGS does not show how the Pinhoti Trail and another trail have been created in the area. I wanted the higher trail that follows the ridge up to Hernandez Peak but that required a fast NW bearing and climb up. I expected the trails to be marked with colors like on the map at the kiosk. Nope! It was getting dark soon and about to rain so I rushed and checked some bearings but headed down the trail that runs along the east side of the range and never actually gains the peaks. Once I realized my mistake, it was too late to risk going back so I hoped to see a bushwhack west up to the peak.

Instead, I found the park and wilderness boundary and followed it upslope easily found this HP. Then heading further west I descended a small ravine and crossed a creek. More on the subsequent leg....
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:440 ft / 134 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:440 ft / 134 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 97 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Pinhoti then to bushwhack the wilderness line
    Start Trailhead:Cheaha TH parking lot off of SR 281  1920 ft / 585 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:ravine/creek behind Hernandez Peak  
Ascent Part of Trip: Alabama CHPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
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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