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Ascent of Bat Cave Mountain on 2014-06-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bat Cave Mountain
    Location:USA-Oklahoma
    Elevation:1850 ft / 563 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left the sunset parking area and drove down to the road where the refuge headquarters is located and the paved road heads south to other hiking areas. Past the large parking area for the Dog Run Hollow Trail System are three small pullouts. The tiny one on the west side of the road by a box culvert is where you park to go attack the named peaks from the east.

After a brief path finding through the scrub oaks you climb up on some good rock and scamper-scramble up to the south face of Bat Cave Mountain and suddenly you find why it is called that! An impressive cave in the pink granite sits up on the wall with about a 15 to 20 foot opening. Not very deep but still kind of cool. People piled up dead Juniper trees to make a sort of ladder to get to the larger of the openings. The trees were sturdy and I got about half the way up and then thought, nope, nobody knows I am here. Nobody in the parking lot and if one of these trees slips and I fall.... not good......not worth it without a spotter for the trickier down climb. Up-climbing is always easy and it amazes me how down-climbing where you have trouble seeing where your put your feet always gets you in trouble.

Winding around and up the backside you can find some easy but fun scrambles to the top. Or tops of this ridge. There is really no good distinction of which bump up there is the top but from what I have read the 1855 bump is considered the top of this ridge feature and with the cave below. In the distance one can see a very impressive pinnacle feature that once again says....come on...come climb me. I stayed high along the ridge and began a path towards what is called Bat Cave Peak which is over 2000 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
74F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:290 ft / 88 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 250 ft / 76 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Obvious wooded gully along south face
    Start Trailhead:Bat Cave Mtn. Parking Pull Out  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 40 ft / 12 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:open scamper path finding
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Bat Cave Mtn and Bat Cave Peak  1810 ft / 551 m
    Time:3 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Charon's Garden Wilderness

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Elk Mountain2014-06-22 a780 ft / 238 m
2Mount Lincoln2014-06-22 b391 ft / 119 m
3Elk Mountain-Not to summit2014-06-22 c350 ft / 107 m
4Bat Cave Mountain2014-06-22 d300 ft / 91 m
5Bat Cave Peak2014-06-22 e350 ft / 107 m
6Little Baldy2014-06-22 f220 ft / 67 m
Total Trip Gain: 2391 ft / 729 m    Total Trip Loss: 2391 ft / 728 m



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