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Ascent of South Mountain-Monument Knob on 2016-04-15

Climber: Morris Zwick

Date:Friday, April 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Mountain-Monument Knob
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:1540 ft / 469 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up from the Youth Group camping area (we were there for a Boy Scout camping trip) to see the Washington Monument at sunset. Followed the AT up to the path to the monument (which doubles as the AT for a short stretch). There are signs along the way that highlight landmark points in Washington's life. The monument is still closed due to lightning damage in 2015 (there is a sign at the base of the path that describes what happened). Apparently three people took shelter in the monument when it was hit and were injured. Why they took refuge in the most prominent feature in the area is beyond me. Even without being able to climb up the monument, there is an excellent view of the town of Boonsboro and the Hagerstown Valley.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful weather
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:1340 ft / 408 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:1340 ft / 408 m



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