Ascent of Pine Log Mountain on 2017-01-29

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pine Log Mountain
    Elevation:2331 ft / 710 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pine Log Mountain requires a big commitment because of the restricted access to its trailhead and the hiking distances involved, but you can bag two other high points en route. The Bartow County HP is only 200 feet off the trail to Pine Log Mountain and you also have to hike over the summit of Bear Mountain to get there. I am thankful to The Oesers and Mike Beavers whose trip report informed me that this area is only open on weekends in January. Without their trip report I would have made a long unsuccessful drive from Missouri to a locked gate to this area far from the actual trailhead. Even with an open gate in January, however, you will still have a long hike to the summit of Pine Log Mountain. The trailhead is at a locked gate with a "5" painted on it and it took me 1.25 hours to hike to the Bartow Co. HP from there, another 14 minutes to reach the summit of Bear Mountain and 29 more minutes to reach my actual goal of Pine Log Mountain. My total ascent time was 2 hours and 5 minutes and my roundtrip time from my car and back was nearly 4 hours probably requiring 7.5 miles of hiking and climbing. The forest prevents any view of the surrounding area, but the SW slope of Pine Log Mountain offers good vistas during your hike. The actual summit is enclosed within a fence that protects a communication tower and the summit benchmark can be clearly seen underneath the tower. The tower has steps like a fire lookout tower and it appears it had be converted to the communication tower. The fenced enclosure is small and you can easily walk around it to claim this summit before you make your long hike back to your car.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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