Ascent of Music Mountain on 2012-02-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Music Mountain
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy trail/ridge walk with short bushwacks ...... 4+ miles, 2 hours RT including all of the checking/off trail hikes.

From Central Avenue, in historic downtown Hot Springs north of Bathhouse Rows, we drove west on Whittington Avenue to a left turn on West Mountain Drive which winds/climbs its way to West Mountain Lookout Parking at the East Peak (elevation 1100'). We parked here, this was my TH for the Sunset Trail.

I walked the Sunset Trail westbound for about 2 miles to the summit of Music Mountain. The trail goes over 4 subpeaks on its way, the main (highest at 1260') one being a 200 yard long ridge with 4 Communication Towers. All of these subpeaks are to the side of the trail, I went off trail (open woods) to ensure touching its HP.

A lesser trail leads 100 yards right of the Sunset Trail to the summit of Music Mountain ..... wooded with no views, I found the 3 BM "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Triangulation Station, West 1940, West No 1, West No 2." all set in a 12" high pipe.

A Canister (a glass jar covered with a rusted can) is on the ground beside the center BM .... full of crumpled papers, the last to enter was "12/31/11 -Steve & Matt Mueller, Colo Springs, CO".

Dan "Wingfoot" Bruce's TRAIL ETIQUETTE RECOMMENDATION (in "Thru-Hikers Handbook for The Appalachian Trail") as it applies to the use of cell phones on the trails ...... before using the cell phone ask yourself, "Would I take a dump here?", if the answer is NO, you don't use the cell phone.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 461 m
    Extra Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:sunset trail wb from west summit parking
    Trailhead:parking at west mtn summit   1080 ft / 329 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes

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