Ascent of Monte Senes on 2009-10-11
|Date:||Sunday, October 11, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||2831 ft / 862 m|
Ascent Trip ReportExit 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|
| Time:||35 Minutes|
| Time:||25 Minutes|
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