Ascent of Horn Mountain-Gordon County High Point on 2018-03-31

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Horn Mountain-Gordon County High Point
    Elevation:1780 ft / 542 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed Ken Oeser's trip report and drove up FR955B to the gap SW of Horn Mountain.

We made an unwise choice on our route and went directly up the ridgeline into a pine thicket. Learn from our mistake and stay in the open woods to the left (west) of the pines. That's where we eventually found the remnants of the trail that Fred Lobdell mentioned, which led up to an old woods road that contours around the rocky false summit. This road becomes grassy as it approaches the county line, which is not marked on the ground but was evident on Gaia GPS. I think the false summit (which has about 25 feet of prominence) might be as high as the liner.

Round trip: 1 mile with about 400 feet of climbing.

If you have extra time (we didn't) it looks like it would be easy to continue along the ridgeline to the summit of Horn Mtn, the second highest peak in Floyd County at 1,832 feet (prominence: 701).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Total Elevation Loss:420 ft / 127 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 380 ft / 116 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:End of FR955B  1400 ft / 426 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:380 ft / 115 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:1400 ft / 426 m
    Time:30 Hours 

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