Ascent of Chidester Benchmark on 2018-01-11
|Others in Party:||supported byh Rose|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, January 11, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Carpool|
| Elevation:||405 ft / 123 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA dirt road nb with a short whack eb .... .7 miles, 30 minute RT.
Ground conditions have changed since the last-entered TRs, so this TR attempts to provide update
From JCT Hwy 24/57 in Chidester we went southwest on 57 for 1 mile to a right turn on a dirt road on the right (across the road on the left is the Chidester City Water Tower), 100+ yds up the dirt road is a lesser dirt road on the right. We parked here, this was our TH (33.69427,-93.03703).
The woods in the area have beautiful huge scattered pines with shorter trees in between and with an extremely dense nasty underbrush, in places its an impenetrable solid wall. I checked-out number of approaches before finding the good route described here.
From my TH I walked the dirt road heading generally north for 100+ yds to a fork where I stayed left (still north) for another 225 yds and left the road to the right (33.60722,-93.03780). The woods looked doable so I bushwhacked a generally east line (zig-zagging, always looking for the easy way) 100+ yds to the summit (33.69691,-93.03691), a fairly easy whack.
There is nothing obvious, so I stomped an area of abt 50 yd diameter to ensure my HP. The floor has a carpet of 2-3 inch thick pine needles, I also didn't find the BM.
"OH, I MAY WANDER, BUT WHEN I DO
I WILL NEVER BE FAR FROM YOU
YOU'RE IN MY BLOOD AND I KNOW YOU'LL ALWAYS BE,
ARKANSAS, YOU RUN DEEP IN ME." .......... verse from arkansas state song
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||25 ft / 7 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:||road/whack nb from side road|
| Trailhead:||100+ yds N of Hwy 57 380 ft / 115 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
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