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Ascent of Indian Fort Mountain on 2015-04-30

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Tim Hall
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Indian Fort Mountain
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1552 ft / 473 m

Ascent Trip Report

An update from last year. Despite this technically being the tallest peak in the range, it is the only one where the true peak is a bit off the trail. Once you come around and enjoy the horseshoe feature called Indian Lookout, note the bisecting trail between the ledges and you will see a faint poorly used and not maintained trail up the gentle ridge of the mountain. The peak is obvious and not far up the trail. There are no views from the peak but you are close to splendid views from the cliff edge of the lookout itself which is well worth the effort. Around the bend is deep hole in the trail with steel grates which protects you from falling into Devil's Kitchen. This is a neat feature and worth climbing down to. devil's Kitchen is a large recessed area under a classic sedimentary arch. the Lookout Trail above is actually on top of this arch and you have air below you.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:222 ft / 67 m
    Total Elevation Loss:292 ft / 88 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:52F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:192 ft / 58 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 82 ft / 25 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Devil's Kitchen to Lookout Tr
    Start Trailhead:Devil's Kitchen  1470 ft / 448 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:182 ft / 55 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 152 ft / 47 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Lookout to Main Dome Tr
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  1400 ft / 426 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Indian Fort Mtn Trip 2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Indian Fort Mountain-West Pinnacle2015-04-29 c587 ft / 179 m
2West Indian Fort Mountain Peak2015-04-29 d211 ft / 64 m
3Indian Fort Mountain2015-04-29 e192 ft / 59 m
4Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest2015-04-29 f400 ft / 122 m
5Indian Fort Mountain-East Pinnacle2015-04-29 g263 ft / 80 m
6Indian Fort Mountain-East Pinnacle2015-04-30 h773 ft / 236 m
7Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest2015-04-30 i530 ft / 162 m
8Indian Fort Mountain2015-04-30 j222 ft / 68 m
9West Indian Fort Mountain Peak2015-04-30 k231 ft / 70 m
10Indian Fort Mountain-West Pinnacle2015-04-30 l247 ft / 75 m
Total Trip Gain: 3656 ft / 1115 m    Total Trip Loss: 3656 ft / 1114 m



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