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Ascent of Hinch Mountain on 2016-03-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Hinch Mountain
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:3048 ft / 929 m

Ascent Trip Report

Armed with Tom Owen TR we headed south out of Crossville and found our way to the summit, but not without some tension, that needs to be reported.

We first stopped at JCT 127/68, and visited the HOMESTEAD LOOKOUT TOWER. We drove/checked-out the area but unfortunately the Museum was closed today.
The Cumberland Homesteads Historic District 1934-1941, listed in the "National Register of Historic Places", was one of the largest New Deal Subsistence Homesteads Communities built to aid the needy, yet working families ..... houses for 251 families were built here. The beautiful stone Tower today serves as "Homestead Tower Museum".

Tom's directions were spot on and we made it to the top of HINCH MOUNTAIN, however we probably wouldn't make the drive on his friends driveway ????.
HIKERS TAKE NOTE ..... Hinch and Radar were very tough/tense roads to drive with our dodge caravan, high clearance is recommended. These roads have a lot of rough areas, protruding rocks, ruts , etc, making it very difficult/tense/stressful. Scraped bottom a few times, also got out once to check for clearance. Rose was not a happy camper, kept telling me to turn around. The one way ascent (6 1/2 miles) took us 55 minutes.
We passed a number of trucks on the return trip, logging work in progess at one spot.

We went to 5 summits today ... all drive-ups, with Hinch being the only rough/tough one. The rest were all on paved roads.

"A FALL IS AN UNPLANNED DESCENT."
Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up
    Trailhead:hinch/radar roads  -9999 ft / -3047 m



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