Ascent of Keystone State Park High Point on 2015-10-14

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Keystone State Park High Point
    Elevation:900 ft / 274 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at office in park. Hiked down back to the entrance and then up and down the ditch along CR 151 to the second closed entrance and headed downhill (east) and then north to the T intersection of Old State Highway 151 and then down to the creek crossing to the east. Seeing no way to the river, I hiked back up hill and followed the dam access road till I saw some interesting and steep ATV trails to the floodplain. I hiked down to the floodplain before I realized I could not get to the river this way and hiked back up the ATV trails and bushwhacked back to the paved access road.

Eventually I found the parking lot on the downstream side of the dam. This is a huge USACE dam with a large separation of water ( I would guess at low flow like I caught it around 90 feet of head differential. I took the concrete steps down and touched the Arkansas River at elevation 630 or so and made that my trailhead.

I cheated on the way back and climbed the very steep grassy embankment of the dam and noticed that there were signs saying not to trespass on the side slope but I had already missed the sign and violated. Fortunately I was not chastised. Then back on SR 151 at the dam I followed back uphill to the first entrance to the state park and stepped over the chain preventing cars to enter that way. Apparently the Observation Point is no longer open to the public. At least cars can no longer go there but it was not preventing a walker with a simple chain so I hiked up and took some nice photos.

I then hiked up to the actual State Park HP which is some sort of large class room building on the knoll. There was nobody there and the gate was open so I bagged the peak and then kept exploring going down many of the old limestone roadbeds that are not chained off. I hiked down the steep cabin roads to the north picking up more mileage and gain for fun and then headed off the Rangers hike near the main store and explored down to the children's pond.

I did over 5 miles and took advantage of every steep hill for training I could find and there are many hills to explore in this park. My total for the day with 3 hikes in 3 locations was 10 miles and 1,400 of feet. Not bad for opportunities in a state that is relatively flat.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:780 ft / 236 m
    Total Elevation Loss:510 ft / 154 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:580 ft / 176 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 270 ft / 82 m; Extra: 310 ft / 94m
    Loss on way in:310 ft / 94 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:complicated see TR
    Start Trailhead:Arkansas River edge  630 ft / 192 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
Ascent Part of Trip: OKCHPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Leach Benchmark2015-10-14 a355 ft / 108 m
2Salina Benchmark2015-10-14 b300 ft / 91 m
3Keystone State Park High Point2015-10-14 c780 ft / 238 m
Total Trip Gain: 1435 ft / 437 m    Total Trip Loss: 780 ft / 238 m

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