Ascent of Shinall Mountain on 2010-10-06

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Shinall Mountain
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

1060+ ft.
Shinall Mountain
Posted to

Wednesday, 10/6/2010

Following Conway County, my next target was the state capital HP. Lying just outside Little Rock, Shinall Mountain is a towering natural beauty covered with – what else – towers. I could see the numerous radio, microwave, and other antennae as I made my final approach to Little Rock. Recent trip reports are still correct as they describe the approach from the east (Chenal Parkway to Chenal Valley Dr to Gordon Rd)

Shortly after turning onto Gordon Road, I noted a large sign that stated something about Restricted Area – No Trespassing”. I was not sure the sign referred to the road ahead, though I thought it might. To be honest, I knew I was only going to be here for a brief time, so I took a chance and drove up the ungated and paved road. I followed my GPS all the way to the top, passing several of the towers I had seen from a distance not long ago. I noted that the road disappears; it continues only a short distance farther west, so a western approach is not available.

I turned around and parked on the road near the HP. I spent considerable time wandering around, investigating and stepping atop every boulder and HP candidate. I am satisfied I stepped on the HP, though future visitors will need to wander and make their own assessments as to the exact location. I found lots of old tower footings, but I never did find a benchmark. I found lots of rubbish that led me to understand this area is a frequent destination for the locals. HP trip statistics: Time = about 15 min for the round trip; Distance = approx 0.16mi from the truck and back; Elevation gain = 20ft total gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 5 m
    Extra Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Wandering around
    Trailhead:Truck parked just off the road  1050 ft / 320 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:7 Minutes

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