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Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2010-07-31

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Eric Morse
Alan Bernier
Date:Saturday, July 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Mountain
    Location:USA-Minnesota
    Elevation:2301 ft / 701 m

Ascent Trip Report

We carefully extricated ourselves from the narrow grassy “road”, at the COHP at Stony tower hill, tall grass tickling the underbelly of the car the entire way. Next up was a 95 mile drive to Eagle Mountain (2,301’) the highest point in the state. The drive was uneventful and we arrived at the trailhead to find six other cars parked and another couple pulled in as we prepared for the run. This was our first high point that involved some “real” trail running. The round trip was a little over 7 miles with most of the climb/descent in the last mile.

The trail was pretty rocky and required full attention to avoid wiping out at running speed, not that we were running all that fast. It was nice to be out in the woods just moving along. Al would hike while we were running slowly. Al can hike really fast and many times I’ve found myself shuffling along at a trot to match his walking speed. We hit the base of the mountain in just over 30 minutes and cruised to the top in a total of 40:44. The top had a huge plaque but no register. We took some pictures and headed back down. Al cranked the run back, he is fierce on descents and has no trouble running in rocky terrain. Eric and I took a more leisurely run getting back in 42:34 for a total of 1:23:19 round-trip. In contrast to our slower downhill than uphill running, Al ran back in under 36 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:554 ft / 169 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Eagle mountain trail
    Trailhead:Trailhead  1747 ft / 532 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:42 Hours 



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