Ascent of Monte Senes on 2009-10-11

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Monte Senes
    Elevation:2831 ft / 862 m

Ascent Trip Report

Exit S131 motorway at Sinacola turn, N40:32.9 E9:40.34, follow minor road back SW parallel to S131 for a few km (Senes is seen as a challenging-looking pinnacled mountain from here). At N40:30.616 E9:37.783, turn L (SE) on a narrow, rough looking tarmac road. This zigzags uphill then heads R, across the NW face of Senes. Near a saddle there is a fork: N40:29.186 E9:38.841. Fork L, follow the road round the SW end of the mountain. At a cross-roads, keep L, and in 100m or so park before a large house. N40:29.256 E9:39.869.

Follow a wide track then turn L, keeping the house on your L. Wide dirt track zig zags up, soon reaching an open gate. The trail immediately climbs L (waymarked - red & white fixed to trees - but the waymarks are only visible in descent). The trail soon reaches a level track. Turn L then soon look for (the back of) some waypoint markers (also a stone with a painted arrow) and follow them uphill (R) to reach the next level track: turn L to reach the SW edge of the plantation (where tall trees meet low trees / scrub). A path heads up this vegetation boundary to a fence, climbed by a stile. Here the ground levels off and the trail continues, through low shrubs, traversing the slopes of an intervening top, towards the main summit straight ahead. Join a wide track which goes almost to the summit, then easy slopes to the summit which has a summit marker (Monte Senes 861m) and a flag. There was a large flock of sheep. Worryingly also a dog although he was content to mind his flock and not bother me. Flock and canine shepherd headed down and that's the last I saw of them.

From the summit, the SE summit (bypassed on the way up) looks nearly as high and the waymarked trail crosses it too, so I visited it on the way down. There's a third, NE summit, again apparently a little lower when sighting against the sea-level horizon.

NB, having reached the main summit, I noticed that my GPSr having pointed the way there, then pointed approx 200m NNE. This "jump" happens from time to time (on this occasion the batteries were running low) and I believe the flagged summit coincides fairly closely with the expected co-ords i.e. N40:29.425 E9:39.452. My GPSr recorded N40:29.397 E9:39.294, 861m

I then retraced my steps to the S131 and drove round via Olbia to Monte Limbara, which I summited later that afternoon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:708 ft / 215 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:E face
    Trailhead:From ESE  2123 ft / 647 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes

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