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Ascent of Music Mountain on 2009-12-20

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Eric
Date:Sunday, December 20, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Music Mountain
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

Account of the entire trip:
http://ddmountainrunr.blogspot.com/2009/12/high-point-trip.html
Pictures from the trip:
http://doubledmountainrunner.shutterfly.com/387


Next up was Hot Springs National Park, so we headed north to HS. We made a brief stop in town to get a decent trail map and got some suggestions from the staff at the visitor’s center (the ranger was “pretty sure” that Music mountain was the highest point in the park). We decided to park partway up the hill and take the Sunset trail. It was surprising how nice the trail was, very little rock or roots, just smooth running surface. We ran up and over West
Mountain and spooked a couple of ladies on horses (unintentionally) on our way to Music Mountain. The turn to the summit was pretty obvious but well overgrown. I’m glad we hadn’t tried to come up that trail (from the Southwest). We discussed the difference between “bushwhack” and “overgrown” on the final climb to the top. On the summit we found two witness markers and the benchmark. We also found a register in a rusted tin can and glass jar. The last person to sign in was nearly three years ago. I guess it isn’t very popular spot as there is no view and the trail is not maintained. After signing in we ran back the same route and were done in 1:02:40. The sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50’s made for a great day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:720 ft / 219 m
    Elevation Loss:720 ft / 219 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:570 ft / 174 m
    Trailhead:West Mountain trailhead  830 ft / 252 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:720 ft / 219 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Trailhead:West Mountain trailhead  830 ft / 252 m



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