Ascent of Kent Lookout on 2015-07-18

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, July 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kent Lookout
    Elevation:1903 ft / 580 m

Ascent Trip Report

1903 ft.
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Saturday, 7/18/2015

The purpose of this trip was damage control. Recall that I had previously visited here on 1/14/2007. On that date, I arrived just before dark and took a stab at finding this HP on poorly-marked forest roads. In 2007, I abandoned my search when it got dark and I became concerned about just finding my way out of the maze and back to main roads.

On this day, I returned under full daylight conditions. I carefully followed the Mitchler trip report as I drove into the woods. As I arrived at mile 2.7, I noted a faint road going off acutely to the right. It was quite overgrown with floor brush, but no new trees had filled in the road. Closer inspection revealed a rusty gate that was now permanently open. I felt this might be the place. So I turned in and actually drove up the path about 1/10 of a mile before parking on the road. A skilled jeep driver might have driven all the way to the tower.

I walked along the path for about ½ mile. It was obvious that a road had been here in the past; it was just as obvious that the road had been abandoned long ago. True to the topo map, the road went straight until you reached a point where you made a slight bend to the right. It was not until that point that you saw the tower.

I walked around a bit, looking for a BM. I never did find one, though I did observe the broken concrete mentioned in the David Tlusty trip report. I snapped a few photos and returned to my Jeep the same way I came, satisfied that another red county had been turned yellow. Total trip from the car was about .75mi R/T with maybe 100ft of gain.

This county concluded my “damage control” efforts for the trip. From this point on, each HP was a new effort in regions never before traveled.
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