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Ascent of Indian Fort Mountain-West Pinnacle 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-West Pinnacle
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1487 ft / 453 m

Ascent Trip Report

Of all the peaks in Berea Forest this is one of the favorites. It has a good view and is in an interesting part of the forest but has a nice a leading trail with many blocky sandstone steps and a short class 3 finish with a chimney move up a seem to the top. There is also some interesting iron accretion piping on the lower knob that is as interesting as any I have ever seen. In all, I climbed to the top of this pinnacle 4 times in the two days I visited this summit. On Wed I had come up the West Pinnacle trail from the bike trail which was muddy. And the only way to get to it was to walk the hilly 0.9 mile trail from the parking lot. There is no parking at the TH of this peak even though it is only about a 0.7 mile ascent from this direction. On Thursday I approached this peak from the east along the interesting Maine Dome Trail which is so braided from scramblers it gets hard to follow around the West Indian Fort Mountain Peak.

On Wed, most of the people I saw did not attempt to climb up the chimney but I showed a couple how to do it easily. On Thur, Tim and I had the peak to ourselves and Tim scampered right up the seam to the top. We did the second day route as a combination of jogging and hiking and exploring and made great time. We climbed over 1500 feet of gain, summitted 5 peaks, hiked 6.5 miles and turned in a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. I had one nice face plant and some blood to show for the down hill run and hidden root. We left at 6 AM just before sunrise to a headlamp and came down by 9:20 AM to 53F

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:247 ft / 74 m
    Total Elevation Loss:657 ft / 200 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:1,2, and 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:54F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:107 ft / 32 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 97 ft / 30 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:West Pinnacle Tr
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  1390 ft / 423 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:647 ft / 197 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 507 ft / 155 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:same but then to Sacred Shadow to Indian Fort Trai
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  980 ft / 298 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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