Ascent of Blue Mountain-Strand Knob on 2016-02-19

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain-Strand Knob
    Elevation:1840 ft / 560 m

Ascent Trip Report

Using Hans Haustein's information from his August 15, 2001 trip report, I was able to locate the owners of Strand Knob and obtain permission to climb it. The couple no longer owns the gas/grocery store in Timbo, Arkansas, but they are still just as friendly as Hans mentioned in his trip report. I was very happy to learn there is a road all the way to the summit. I was expecting a long hike. I had a little trouble finding the correct roads for the summit of Strand Knob, but it did not cause me to much of a delay. Along the way, there is an extremely impressive home built on the SW side of Bald Knob that you can't miss. It is definitely the kind of residence you would never expect to find so far from good quality roads. Unfortunately, the road to the summit deteriorates to little more than an ATV trail. I was finally stopped by a deep puddle in the road. This is where I started hiking with my GPS showing .99 air miles to the top. Even if I had been able to pass through this water hazard, I would have been stopped just a few hundred feet farther up the road by a downed 9-inch diameter tree laying across the route. It was a pleasant hike around the west side of Bald Knob then up the steep SE slope of Strand Knob itself. The summit was surprising clear and there was a fairly good view in all directions only partially obscured by a perimeter of trees around the summit's edge. On the highest point sits an old school bus that appears to be used as a hunter's lodge complete with an attached metal deer stand that allows you to gain an additional 8 feet in elevation for an even better view of the surrounding area. There is also a giant Star of David hanging from a tall telephone pole here with hundreds of lights, so it appears it can be lit up, but I guess it would require a power generate since I noticed no power lines. This was a fun highpoint and it only took me 1 hour from my car roundtrip.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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