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Ascent of Lookout Mountain on 2011-09-03

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Saturday, September 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Mountain
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:2146 ft / 654 m

Ascent Trip Report

I probably would have never climbed this mountain if it wasn't on "My List of Lists," but I only needed two more mountains to complete the "Martin Luther King's I have a dream peaks" list, so when I was in the area on my way to climb in North Carolina I took a side trip to bag this peak. The highest point is actually located on private property in someone's yard. Fortunately, this property was for sale, so my wife, Geri, and I were able to easily take our summit photo in front of the house with no trouble. I also located summit benchmark "No. 2" located on the edge of a yard across the street. It had an arrow engraved on it that pointed directly to the house that was for sale. I followed the direction of the arrow all the way to the house, but I could not locate any other benchmark. It could be that the actual summit benchmark was covered by the construction of the house much earlier because the date on the benchmark I found read "1934." There was no view from the highpoint, but a short distance to the northeast is the upper station of the Incline Railway. Located in the back of this building is a two-story observation deck with an excellent view to the east of Lookout Mountain and it is free of charge. I drove to the other site on the mountain with the same elevation and found large water tanks completely enclosed with a fence that made it impossible to search for the highest point there, however, I was able to easily walk around the entire enclosure and claim the highpoint according to county highpointing protocol. I highly recommend visiting the north end of the mountain and tour Point Park. This area has an admission fee, but it was only $3.00 per adult in 2011 and it was well worth the price. The best view on the summit is found here and the Park is a historical adventure complete with live demonstrations and a museum. This is not a grab and run mountain or you will miss a lot of interesting opportunities. You should allow 2-3 hours on this mountain to take advantage of all the sights and this doesn't even include popular Ruby Falls that you will pass by on the drive up. The only drawback on this mountain was the extremely heavy bumper to bumper traffic that we experienced during our ascent.
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