Ascent of Happy Jack Peak on 2016-08-28

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina and Coralie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Happy Jack Peak
    Elevation:2057 ft / 626 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived after dark to the Happy Jack Mine where we were told we could camp if we walked in to the old campground. It's not much of a campground, more of a picnic space, but we found a fine place to sleep. When we woke up in the morning we took the steep dirt and wood stepped path up the eastern route. There was a lookout point that gave a great view of the foggy river at sunrise. The top was just beyond that with pretty much the same view, a bench, and a cross that will light up. For the way down we took the route heading southwest which ended in a few dozen steps lined with benches that took us down to the heavily decorated valley which houses the mine entrance and gift shop. This felt more like a "peak hike" than any other hike I've done in eastern Nebraska. After a tour of the mine we went to North Loup for their Popcorn Days and then to the state fair in Grand Island.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:240 ft / 72 m
    Total Elevation Loss:240 ft / 72 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:160 ft / 48 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 120 ft / 36 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Eastern trail
    Start Trailhead:Highway Turnout  1937 ft / 590 m
    Time:13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 120 ft / 36 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Western trail
    End Trailhead:Highway Turnout  1937 ft / 590 m
    Time:17 Minutes

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