Ascent of Sawnee Mountain on 2017-01-04

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sawnee Mountain
    Elevation:1960 ft / 597 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip took a little over an hour total. Summited the CHP in 35 minutes from the Church parking lot. There are many ways to bag this CHP. I chose the church trail as it was seldom written about and it was a faster more direct route. I was not displeased with this choice. The trail route is fine. The parking excellent as part of the huge Methodist church. Whoever cut the trails for the County had fun meandering you back and forth along the ravines up and down, wasting efficiency, controlling erosion, and showing all of the mountain slopes it could. In winter, the views were surprisingly good on this route. The blackjack oak, chestnut oak, and post oak was bare and only the short needle pines had any foliage to block views. One could see the church and the city below quite a bit of the hike. The Church Trail connects to the Mountainside trail and that eventually bisects a public paved road. Instead of hiking down again, I ascended the public road with nice views of the valley through the expensive homes and up to the towers and tanks. Dang! The county had a car there inspecting a new well 50 feet from the final barricade with the beginning of a obnoxious quantity of warning signs to tell you not to trespass. I chatted with the two county permit inspectors about the merits of keeping in shape by hiking each day and then as they turned to inspect the well I ran up the stairs past a few signs tagged the top and came back quickly and wished the well. At any moment I expected to be called down from my quick run up the steps but they seemed to understand I meant no harm and said nothing. There is a crazy large tower-tank structure at the summit. I did not screw around to look at all that as the 657 warning signs had my attention. There is no physical fence just signs everywhere.

On the way down, I reached the saddle between the CHP and its sister peak to the north. Frustrated that I felt so compelled to run down from the first, and not seeing any warning signs on the second peak, I jogged up to take a look. I measured 65 feet of rise from the saddle so the sub-peak has 65 feet of prominence. No great views other than back at the CHP but at least you could walk around with out threatening signage there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:770 ft / 234 m
    Total Elevation Loss:285 ft / 86 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
48F cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:770 ft / 234 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 620 ft / 189 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Church trail from south to mountainside trail to C
    Start Trailhead:Church parking lot   1340 ft / 408 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:135 ft / 41 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  1825 ft / 556 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Atlanta-5

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sawnee Mountain2017-01-04 a770 ft / 235 m
2Sawnee Mountain North Peak2017-01-04 b215 ft / 66 m
3Sawnee (Indian Seats)2017-01-04 c690 ft / 210 m
4Sawnee (Indian Seats)2017-01-04 d390 ft / 119 m
5Kennesaw Mountain2017-01-06 a713 ft / 217 m
6Little Kennesaw Mountain2017-01-06 b160 ft / 49 m
7Kennesaw Mountain2017-01-06 c503 ft / 153 m
Total Trip Gain: 3441 ft / 1049 m    Total Trip Loss: 3096 ft / 943 m

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