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Ascent of Loves Knob on 2009-04-20

Climber: Ryan Courtney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 20, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Loves Knob
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1068 ft / 325 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached the area from the west on US 68 out of Glasgow. Heading east: shortly after you pass A.L. Shirley Road turn left (NE) on Love Knob Road at virtual milepost 19.9. There is a sign for Barren East Quarry (Scotty's) at the turn.

On Love Knob Rd. you pass several residences and the quarry offices on the right. I stopped at 1.1 miles and parked to the right at a turnoff, which actually continues as tracks through a field. The field is unfenced and the only sign at this point reminds one of the ban on hunting wild turkeys in Kentucky.

As you are driving on the road, and from where I stopped, the hill is evident. I walked southwest from the pullout across the field towards the top of the hill - this is a short distance and line-of-sight. The top is wooded and I entered the trees at a recently disturbed area (overturned dirt, etc.). There was a new-looking barbed wire fence running approximately east-west, but it was on the ground where I entered the woods. The fence continues, but there was blowdown that had it touching the ground in several areas. The highest point is most likely on the south side of the fence. There are several rock outcrops which I touched, and I did some wandering as well. There were rockpiles at the western edge of the general high area, but they were part of the quarry and were obviously not natural. While the rockpiles may have been taller than the natural highground, it is my belief that the original highest point has not been disturbed - the quarry site approaches, but does not reach that spot.

The woods had very little undergrowth and the blowdown, while widespread, was of small diameter and wasn't a real issue - easy walking.

The barbed wire fence is not posted and there are no postings on the route. I did not see anyone, though Love Knob Rd. had a fair amount of traffic.

It probably took a total of 15 minutes. Easy in, easy out.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack



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