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Ascent of Petit Jean Mountain on 2018-06-27

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Petit Jean Mountain
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are two county highpoints in Arkansas named Petit Jean Mountain (Conway and Yell) about 30 miles apart. This is the western and higher peak. If you've ever admired the view from the Mount Magazine Lodge on the Arkansas highpoint, you were looking at Petit Jean Mountain across the valley beyond the Blue Mountain reservoir.

Set your GPS for Waveland AR and follow Hans Haustein's 2001 directions: From Arkansas Highway 10, take Ark 309 south. When the pavement ends, this becomes County Road 28 and then Forest Road 18. As you approach the ridgeline, turn right on FR 3 and follow it to the top. I've posted a GPS route of the drive once you enter the national forest. I had no problem getting up there in a rented Chevy Malibu, but watch out for sharp gravel. I cut a tire near the top and had to change to the baby spare, which made the drive down iffy.

From the road, it's less than 100 yards to the site of the old fire tower (three of the four footers remain). The highest ground is a pile of rocks that is probably manmade. Wander a bit to be sure you've covered the highest natural ground.

If you haven't heard the love story of Petit Jean ("Little John"), look it up. She is buried near the Conway COHP. Don't worry about the French pronunciation--folks here just say Petty Gene.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Old driveway
    Start Trailhead:Petit Jean Road crest  2420 ft / 737 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:2420 ft / 737 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Layton
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