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Ascent of Westbrook Mountain on 2016-03-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Westbrook Mountain
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1447 ft / 441 m

Ascent Trip Report

A track/open woods hike to 2 peaks ..... 1.8 miles, 1:05 hours RT

I used Ken Oeser's excellent/easy southern approach and his TR is still good. I basically followed Ken's footsteps to the summit, this TR attempts to add/update information. This is not a stand alone TR and one must read Ken.

Unfortunately there was no one home at Ken's " ..... to a white house on the left.". We parked here and decided to proceed. Rose would stay back and deal with the consequences ... she would have a nice quiet wait.

From the house I walked the road east 75 yards to Ken's " ...... the first ridge on the left.", where there is a good ATV track (with a posted sign) that climbs/follows the ridge .5 mile north all the way to the grassy bench (37.92490,-83.88972). There is an animal feed station with a hunter's chair here, Middle Peak is just to the north.
I then went easterly on a path .2 miles to the col, followed be a moderate climb eastbound on the ridge (less than .2 miles) to the fairly obvious summit (37.92730,-83.88606). I looked-for/couldn't find the Willoughby BM amid the thick carpet of leaves.

I descended back to the col and decided to stay straight (west) on the ridge and climb .2 miles to the MIDDLE PEAK (37.92569,-83.89030), a small rock outcrop. All the woods are open, some underbrush on the Middle Peak.
I would have liked to continue west to the West Peak but I had given Rose an ETA.

We thank Ken for pioneering this easy approach, however permission should be had.


"THE MOST REWARDING THINGS YOU DO IN LIFE ARE OFTEN THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY CANNOT BE DONE." ................ arnold palmer


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:507 ft / 154 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:track/path nb from hog creek road
    Trailhead:hog creek road  940 ft / 286 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Part of Trip: westbrook

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Westbrook Mountain2016-03-14 b507 ft / 155 m
2Westbrook Mountain-Middle Peak2016-03-14 c120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 627 ft / 192 m    Total Trip Loss: 627 ft / 192 m



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