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Ascent of Fort Hill-Leslie Morris Park High Point on 2013-07-25

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fort Hill-Leslie Morris Park High Point
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:790 ft / 240 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was on my way to check out a KCHP when in the City of Frankfort I noticed some wonderful sedimentary cliffs along the Kentucky River. One steep face caught my attention and I noticed it was in a City Park. The river cuts the limestone mountain range in half with a USGS elevation at the Kentucky River given at 468. This small city of Frankfort Park is dedicated to the fort encampment of Civil War soldiers here on this strategic bluff adjacent to the Kentucky River supporting the City of Frankfort during the war. The City has made the entire Fort Hill into a public park. There are two candidate HPs and I marked the one with an apparent BM but the second could easily by the HP and fortunately the trails in the park lead to both. Saw lots of deer in the woods.

I parked my car at the parking spot at the end of the paved road and then hiked it in reverse finding the old historic military trail to the bottom and then set that as my TH and then hiked it back up and recorded it in reverse. It is crazy discovering that this old historic supply trail, now a hiking trail, dumps right into the paved courtyard of the State of KY legislature building. I hiked quickly up the the moutain in 8 minutes and then slowed down to enjoy the next 20 minutes exploring the overlooks, historic plaques and then meandering to the back to see if the other peak was higher. No clue? Perhaps the same? Either way, the trails afford you the opportunity to bag both and thus, claim this historic civil war site as peakbagged and get a little bit of excercise in the process. I wish I had time to go in the historic tavern.

Next time...



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:380 ft / 115 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
nice out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Old Military Road Trail
    Start Trailhead:State Legislator Plaza   530 ft / 161 m
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:trails to second candidate Peak and observation to
    End Trailhead:same  
    Time:20 Minutes



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