Ascent of Locust Mountain on 2018-04-02

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Locust Mountain
    Elevation:1320 ft / 402 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did not realize Locust Mountain was no longer a candidate for the Coosa County high point and I climbed it after summiting the true Coosa County high point, Candler Mountain, earlier in the day. It was an enjoyable hike, however, as long as you avoid the hunting season because there was a great deal of evidence that this area is a very popular hunting spot. I used the trip report of Bill Jacobs from the Highpointer's website and found the obscure road off Hwy 280 on the east side of the mountain. This spot is located at 33.07469 N 86.17598 W and it is not posted, but it is easy to miss. You can drive into this niche a short distance and park out of sight of the busy traffic on the highway. From here it is 1.35 air miles to the summit. The worse of the hike is in the beginning. You need to descend north into a steep ravine and follow an old cement waterway. Once you reach the bottom at 33.07446 N 86.17676 W turn west and cross a small stream. I crossed at 33.07402 N 86.17714 W. Across the stream you will have a steep climb and bushwhack, which is the worse of the entire trip, to a road that begins under a deer stand at 33.0717 N 86.17828 W. The road is a little overgrown in the beginning, but it soon becomes easy to follow. At 33.06879 N 86.18167 W you will reach a large clearing with power lines. The area looks like a golf course because it is so well kept, but it is managed by hunters as is obvious by the deer stand at the south end of the field. Hike across this clearing and follow the road again directly on the opposite side of the field. You will reach another clearing at 33.06173 N 86.18919 W that also looks like a golf course with more deer stands. Leave the road here and follow the left arm of the clearing to another road at 33.0610 N 86.19112 W. Take a left turn and hike to a 'T' junction at 33.0584 N 86.19134 W which is signed with "Carnegie" to the right and "Locust Mtn." to the left. Of course, you go left and continue to an unimproved road on the left at 33.05784 N 86.19064 W. You will pass another road on the left en route to the correct road at the coordinates I just gave. At this point you are only a few hundred feet from the unimpressive summit of Locust Mountain where the highest point seems to be a pile of rocks. There is no view here through the trees. It took me exactly 1 hour to reach the summit after covering about 1.8 miles. I hiked back to my car in 1 hour and 4 minutes. I took longer because of all the GPS data I recorded on the way back. I was sorry to discover Locust Mountain was no longer a candidate for the Coosa County high point, but I had a very enjoyable hike and I would do it again---just NOT during any hunting season!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford

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