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Ascent of Rich Mountain on 2012-02-24

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Friday, February 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rich Mountain
    Location:USA-Oklahoma
    Elevation:2666 ft / 812 m

Ascent Trip Report

We came to the Ouchita National Forest primarily for the heights and sights offered by the Talimena National Scenic Byway, a gorgeous 54 mile route that follows the ridge of one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The Byway is between Talihana, OK. and Mena, AR., hence the name Talimena.

We arrived here yesterday and overnighted at the Talimena State Park Campground, 1.3 miles south of the Byway's West End Visitors Center, located on the ridge at junction hwy #271/Byway #1.

It was a beautiful sunny/cool morning as we left the West End Visitor Center eastbound on the Byway, besides the Byway's sights the goal was to visit the 3 HPs listed in the PB Library. The first HP was RICH MNOUNTAIN, OK's LeFlore CoHP, with its 6 Candidate High Point Areas. We zeroed our odo.

(0.00 M) left the West End Visitor's Center

(25.8 M) AREA 1 ...... 100 yards bushwack
Parked on the side of the road (past Sunset Point Vista) and walked/climbed left 100 yards in open woods to the summit .... an open area with a small red-pipe Communication Tower in the center and 4 antennas each located 40 yards away at N, S, E and W. The actual HP is not obvious.
An overgrown track heads east to Area 6 at about .2 miles.

(26.1 M) AREA 6 ...... 200 yards walk up a paved road.
Parked at the gated paved road to the left (just before the Kiamichi Valley Vista), and walked around the gate 200 yards to the summit .... capped with a "FAA Air Traffic Control Station", the HP is on the northside, outside the fence.
An overgrown track heads west about .2 miles to Area 1.

(28.9 M) AREAS 2 and 3 ...... about 50 yards from the road.
We parked on the side of the road, just before the Castle Rock Vista. The 2 rocky outcrops are seen to the left at 50 yards from the road.
I walked the very rocky/thorny terrain to Area 2 then the rocky ridge 75 yards east to Area 3. Its very clear that Area 3 is much lower in elevation and in my opinion should be removed as a Candidate.

(34.67 M) AREA 4 and 5 ..... 200 yards for both areas.1
We parked on the roadside just before the height-of-land. Both Areas are 40 yards to the left of the road, on a rocky ridge full of thorny brush at 60 yards apart. They are one of the same with Area 5 clearly lower in elevation, and in my opinion should be removed as a Candidate.

CONCLUSION
This county should have only 4 Candidate High Point Areas, Areas 3 and 5 should be removed.

"YOU CAN NEVER APPRECIATE THE SHADE OF A TREE UNLESS YOU SWEAT IN THE SUN."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:116 ft / 35 m
    Elevation Loss:116 ft / 35 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:116 ft / 35 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:bushwacks to 6 areas from skyline road
    Trailhead:Talimena National Scenic Byway  2550 ft / 777 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:116 ft / 35 m
    Route:bushwacks to 6 areas from skyline road
    Trailhead:Talimena National Scenic Byway  2550 ft / 777 m



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