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Ascent of Brown Mountain on 2011-05-05

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, May 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brown Mountain
    Location:USA-Missouri
    Elevation:1650 ft / 502 m

Ascent Trip Report

County High Pointers Org. lists two high points for this county: Stono Mountain and Brown Mountain. Hans Haustein's directions will get you efficiently to them. I did both. My GPS readings fluctuated during the day, so I don't know how much credence to give them, but my highest elevation for Stono was 16 feet higher than the highest reading for Brown. Note that elevation gain and distance data below is for both peaks combined.

Initial approach to Brown Mountain now includes a heavy locked gate with clear and insistent NO TRESPASSING KEEP OUT. While I was lamenting this discovery, an elderly gentleman drove down the track inside the gate on his ATV to see what we wanted. He turned out to be the former owner of the property, who said he could not give us permission to enter but was sure the owner wouldn't mind. That was confirmed when I encountered the owner in his van as I was heading down the mountain. I specifically inquired whether it would be OK for other County High Pointers to enter his property, and he didn't see why not.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1031 ft / 314 m
    Total Elevation Loss:577 ft / 175 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1031 ft / 314 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 454 ft / 138 m; Extra: 577 ft / 175m
    Loss on way in:577 ft / 175 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Start Trailhead:1196 ft / 364 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km



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