Ascent of Ketcherside Mountain on 2012-09-05

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ketcherside Mountain
    Elevation:1698 ft / 517 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Ketcherside Mountain is the 8th highest named summit point in Missouri. After an unsuccessful attempt on the west side of Ketcherside Mountain the day before due to blown down trees and thick patches of thorns on the trail, my son, Marshall, and I decided on an attempt from the south. A public gravel road took us to within 2 miles of the summit, but there we met a heavily posted private road in the direction we needed to travel. The only resident in the area, without a posted entrance to their property, informed us that the owner of that land had died and his son lives in St. Louis. With this information my son and I felt more comfortable proceeding down the posted road. After .4 miles, the road ended at a hunter's cabin and an ATV trail continued toward the summit. It was a long 1.6 mile hike for such a small peak, but this approach was much better than the trail we tried on the west side of the mountain yesterday. There were only a few places we had to get off the trail to go around fallen trees or thorn groves. At the summit plateau, the trail forks and a right turn quickly led us to the highest point, which appeared to be directly on the trail. There were no summit views due to the trees, but it was a good workout hike.
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