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Ascent of Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest on 2014-04-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, April 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

I think the best way to tag all the features is to do the eastern features and work counter clockwise. After tagging the "East Pinnacle" I found the trails out to the two fingers that the park calls Buzzard's Roost and Eagle Nest. Once you cross the small creek you climb slightly uphill to a junction to two unmarked trails. The trail to the right is short and terminates out on the Eagle Nest feature. There were no eagles - just a lot of buzzards soaring at eye level. Great views and the terminal feature is a playground of sedimentary boulders and scrambling features fun for all ages. The actual highest point of the finger feature is passed along the trail out to the terminal feature. You actually decend down to the observation rock platforms. On the way out take the path straight (or the left turn from earlier) to get to the Buzzard Roost feature about a half mile away from the trail junction.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:457 ft / 138 m
    Total Elevation Loss:294 ft / 89 m
    Grade/Class:1 (but some 3 on wal
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
58F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:374 ft / 113 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 30 m; Extra: 274 ft / 83m
    Loss on way in:274 ft / 83 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Trails to Eagle's Nest
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between East Pinnacle & Indian Fort Mtn Pea  1300 ft / 396 m
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Gain on way out:83 ft / 25 m
    Route:N/A
    End Trailhead:Eagle's Nest  1463 ft / 445 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Indian Fort Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Indian Fort Mountain-East Pinnacle2014-04-24 a573 ft / 175 m
2Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest2014-04-24 b457 ft / 139 m
3Indian Fort Mountain-Buzzards Roost2014-04-24 c222 ft / 68 m
4Robe Mountain2014-04-24 d242 ft / 74 m
5Indian Fort Mountain2014-04-24 e282 ft / 86 m
Total Trip Gain: 1776 ft / 542 m    Total Trip Loss: 1651 ft / 504 m



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