Ascent of Kennison Mountain on 2011-04-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Christian Dunaway
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kennison Mountain
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4445 ft / 1354 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another day of solitude. I don't think I have seen another person hiking in 3 days of WV hiking and this was my 9th hike. I liked this hike more than the others as the sub-canopy was wide open and the hollers were wide and deep and easy to look out through at this time of year. Some dogwoods flowering and the maples fresh budding. We decided to hike at a brisk pace without stopping to work out the legs. We parked at the parking lot at elevation BM 3964 or close to it.

We saw several deer on the trip up. We did the entire hike including the bushwhack to the summit in 1 hour and 20 minutes. The trail does not crest at the summit and we had to actually swing back 180 degrees and hike quite a while to find it. We hit the trail summit in under 40 minutes but by the time we orienteered back to the true peak and bushwhaked it was 50 minutes (plus photo time)We then bushwhaked the side down till we intersected the main trail which is nicely marked and headed back to the car - that took no more than 30 minutes. I estimated it was 3 miles in around 1 hour and 15 minutes
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:481 ft / 146 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:481 ft / 146 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Kennison Mtn trail
    Start Trailhead:parking lot of SR39  3964 ft / 1208 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    End Trailhead:same  
    Time:30 Minutes

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