Ascent of Driskill Mountain on 2017-03-31

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 31, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Driskill Mountain
    Elevation:535 ft / 163 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked the Driskill Mountain Trail shortly after sunset. This is a pleasant walk along a gated forest road. I took the trail shortcut on the way in to save time as the light was dimming. Along the way I spotted a snake 6 feet ahead of me stretched out across the trail. I picked up a stick to push it aside and as I pointed the stick towards it I noticed its tail end was lighter. Suddenly the snake seemed to wake up, coiled itself, and vigorously rattled. I eventually skirted around the rattlesnake and reached the summit. On the return I followed the broad main route by headlamp. From photos I later decided this was a canebrake rattlesnake.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:206 ft / 62 m
    Total Elevation Loss:206 ft / 62 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:176 ft / 53 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 126 ft / 39 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Start Trailhead:Church  409 ft / 124 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:156 ft / 47 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 126 ft / 39 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    End Trailhead:Church  409 ft / 124 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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