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Ascent of Hughes Mountain on 2012-04-21

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hughes Mountain
    Location:USA-Missouri
    Elevation:1200 ft / 365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice easy hike. A few steep ledges until the top where the ancient red rhyolite comes into view as a bunch of jagged blocks. The rhyolite is non-vasicular (no gas escape holes) like the gray glassy rhyolite we have on Kineo. The formations are odd and not what you expect in MO. The reading material says it was formed over 1 billion years ago. Kinda neat to stand on rock that old looking down over the farmland in the distance. Very simple short but pleasant hike. Took it slow as the doctor ordered since he was still evalauating my heart. At very slow pace it took no more than 15 minutes to summit. Nice walk with about 400 feet of gain and plenty of views from the rock ledges. Lots and lots of fence lizzards running around and they are interesting to watch - they stand their ground pretty well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:410 ft / 124 m
    Total Elevation Loss:410 ft / 124 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Grade/Class:1, 3 minor
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
55 Fbeautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:405 ft / 123 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 400 ft / 122 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Loss on way in:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:MO Conservation Area
    Start Trailhead:Parking TH  800 ft / 243 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:405 ft / 123 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 400 ft / 122 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:MO Conservation Area
    End Trailhead:Parking TH  800 ft / 243 m
Ascent Part of Trip: TaumSauk

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hughes Mountain2012-04-21 a410 ft / 125 m
2Elephant Rocks State Park High Point-second boulder from top2012-04-21 b180 ft / 55 m
4Taum Sauk Mountain2012-04-21 c737 ft / 225 m
5Russell Mountain2012-04-21 d76 ft / 23 m
Total Trip Gain: 1403 ft / 428 m    Total Trip Loss: 1373 ft / 419 m



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