Ascent of Petit Jean Mountain on 2010-10-06

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Petit Jean Mountain
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

2440+ ft.
Petit Jean Mountain

Wednesday, 10/6/2010

With my business complete on the top of Arkansas, I set out for my next target of the day. Petit Jean Mountain could be seen across the Petit Jean Valley from Mount Magazine, though I was not sure which of the many peaks was this next destination. I set my GPS coordinates for Yell County, and I drove where the GPS took me. I followed Hwy 309 off the mountain and south into Havana. I then continued across the valley floor on Hwy 309 to where it curved south and became Co Hwy 28.

A sign near the beginning of Hwy 28 foretold the events that were about to happen. The sign said “Road Closed – Construction Ahead”. I proceeded on since there was room to get past the sign. The light gravel road narrowed, and I soon met the only traffic I would pass on the way, a large construction dump truck. We slowed and passed each other with care, and I eventually came to the construction site. I passed a construction truck whose worker told me the road was passable, so I continued forward until I stopped a good distance from the construction equipment that was operating on the road.

A backhoe operator was moving dirt, literally destroying the roadbed. He was a nice person who was about to close the raod for several minutes as a new culvert was laid. He told me I could pass, but if I came back this way, I might have to wait a few minutes as he put the road back together. I thanked him, returned to my truck, and carefully drove past the construction project.

The road from here to the top was bumpy, but in my opinion not nearly as rough as the roads I had encountered yesterday. I carefully continued along until I came to County Road 29, turned right (west), and ascended the mountain. One final turn onto County Road 30 took me to the top. My GPS acknowledged when I had gotten to the short spur road to the HP, and I parked alongside CR 30 for the final trek on foot.

I believe this is the same route referred in Hans’ report as NFR 18, NFR 3, and NFR 133.

I hiked up the spur to the northwest. Hans’ report of 40 yards seems about right. I wandered around what I believe was the highest ground. On the way back, I noticed a circular cement foundation that had a rusty and bent metal rebar sticking out of it. A while later, I noted what I believe were two footings for the former fire tower. Their GPS coordinates were N35.02280 W93.70017 and N35.02262 W93.69990, respectively. HP trip statistics: Time = about 10 min for the round trip; Distance = approx 0.25mi from the truck and back; Elevation gain = 34ft total gain.

I drove off the mountain along a different set of roads. Return along CR 30 to CR29. Instead of turning left to return to the road construction, I turned right and followed CR 3 (aka Larkspur Road, aka Forest Service Road 51) southwest a short bit until I met CR 99 (aka Redbird Road, aka Forest Service Road 51 aka Dry Creek Road). I turned right here and followed this road down the mountain back to the valley.

While following Hwy 10 east across the valley floor, I came to a farm pull-out that faced north toward Magazine Mountain. I looked up the mountain and spied the lodge building sitting near Signal Hill. I stopped briefly to take a few photos. I had now memorialized the top looking down into the valley, as well as the valley looking up to the top.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:36 ft / 10 m
    Extra Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Faint spur road
    Trailhead:Truck parked on CR30  2414 ft / 735 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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