Ascent of Cowpen Mountain on 2007-07-15

Climber: Aaron Gunn

Others in Party:Jay
Date:Sunday, July 15, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cowpen Mountain
    Elevation:4151 ft / 1265 m

Ascent Trip Report

After doing a little bit of extra "exploring", we pulled into the trailhead parking area around 10:30 am. The East Cowpen trail heads up the side of Cowpen Mtn at a gentle grade and we were at the ridgetop in no time. This is where the fun began. Last time we were up this way we had seen an overgrown trail headed up the mountain, but it was nowhere to be found. We decided to just start bushwacking up the ridge and figured we would know when we got to the top. After a while of dodging branches and lots of briers, we reached what we determined to be the high point. We took a little break on the summit and then headed straight down the ridge and quickly found the trail back to the parking area.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:644 ft / 197 m
    Elevation Loss:644 ft / 197 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:644 ft / 197 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:East Cowpen Trail/Bushwack
    Trailhead:East Cowpen Trailhead/FS 68  3507 ft / 1068 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:644 ft / 197 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:East Cowpen Trail
    Trailhead:East Cowpen Southern Trailhead  3507 ft / 1068 m

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