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Ascent of Shinall Mountain on 2011-12-17

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shinall Mountain
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived the night before and stayed in West Memphis preparing for our trip to sample the state parks of Arkansas, grab a few state park highpoints, a few county highpoints, and of course, the state HP. We awoke to 32F. By the time we hit the trailhead it was 40F.

County HP obtained by maintenance road up to radio towers. This site has about as many towers (really tall towers) that I have ever seen. The views were respectable. I did not see any postings from the road which appeared to be a public road with no gates. Once we were down I noticed the sign had been laid down on the ground facing down. In either we walked the paved road and did not go anywhere near any of the towers. I decided on the way down to scramble up the nearby peak on the adjacent mountain (Bear Den Peak).

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:515 ft / 156 m
    Total Elevation Loss:385 ft / 117 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
cold but pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:500 ft / 152 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 460 ft / 141 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Gordon Road
    Start Trailhead:Gordon Road intersection with Chenal Valley Dr.  600 ft / 182 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:345 ft / 105 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 330 ft / 101 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:Saddle in Gordon Rd  730 ft / 222 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Shinnall

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Shinall Mountain2011-12-17 a515 ft / 157 m
2Bear Den Mountain2011-12-17 b275 ft / 84 m
Total Trip Gain: 790 ft / 241 m    Total Trip Loss: 790 ft / 240 m



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