Ascent of Magnolia Bluff on 2013-12-24

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Magnolia Bluff
    Elevation:1080 ft / 329 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at Magnolia Bluff County Park at the lower parking lot. The road to the upper part was closed for cars, but we walked and ran in the fresh snow until we reached the sign for the equine/ski trails to the east. My feet were pretty cold in just rubber boots, so I tried to keep moving. It was -2F out. This trail was very pretty and went through a dip where an intermediate ski trail went off to the north. At the next crest we went to the edge of the forest and were at the highpoint. Good views to the SW of the chilly world. On the way back we walked the road to the turnaround and got more views of the W and the big picnic area on top of the bluff. We followed a new snowshoe trail and then turned down onto some cliffs and took some pictures there. Very scenic. We then followed a steeper trail that was frequently used by hikers and deer back to the parking lot. 37 minutes total.
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The cliff faces on the scenic way up to the summit of Magnolia Bluff (2013-12-24). Photo by Gustav Sexauer.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:205 ft / 61 m
    Total Elevation Loss:205 ft / 61 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Frigid, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:190 ft / 57 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 175 ft / 54 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Lower Parking Lot  905 ft / 275 m
    Time:17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:190 ft / 57 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 175 ft / 54 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    End Trailhead:Lower Parking Lot  905 ft / 275 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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