Ascent of Deckard Mountain on 2012-02-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Monday, February 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Deckard Mountain
    Elevation:1812 ft / 552 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods-track/bushwack nb from FR#11 ...... 4.3 miles, 2 hour RT.

I did this CoHP on the same outing as the Garland CoHP, my TH was at the corner of FR#11/#771 located 2.17 miles west of Hwy 7 (see Ouachita Pinnacle TR for the driving directions) .... the start of #771 can be clearly seen on the Satellite Maps, the Deckard summit is due north.

FR#771, gated at 250 yards from the TH, is a multi-purpose yellow-blazed woods track (closed to Vehicles), easy to follow.
I left the TH westbound for a short distance where the track bends/winds north, drops to a sag and passes a man-made pond on the right (33 minutes), then another pond on the right (45 Minutes, 1.75 miles from TH)) ..... here the track heads west and the summit is at 30 degree compass at about .4 miles. I started my bushwack in open woods with no underbrush to speak-of, higher up however I had some small /thorny underbrush .... a moderately steep easy bushwack.
I arrived at the wooded summit in 65 minutes, no views. I found the BM 5 yards south of the small cairn, somewhat beat-up and hard to read "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker, Beckard, 1946".
After a 15 minute break I descended to the TH in 40 minutes.

I must note that this whole area has had a recent forest fire so the bushwacking today was easy, however once the forest has been rejuvenated I would expect the bushwack to be a lot worse and full of thorns. Similar to what I saw in other areas.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:890 ft / 271 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:woods track/bushwack nb from FR #11
    Trailhead:FR#11  1422 ft / 433 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:65 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes

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