Ascent of Dedegol Tepesi on 2015-10-22
|Others in Party:||Denise Mclellan|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, October 22, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||9777 ft / 2980 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTo reach the trail head is a straight forward drive SE from Egirdir on mainly tarmac roads.
We depart Egirdir (Mosque - km0.0) and take the road along the SW corner of the lake then landmarks and major junctions as follows:-
km4.4 cross river bridge and fork right in the direction of Aksu.
km8.8 leave a village on road 32-08 ascending through fields and orchards in moderate rain.
km9.8 pass through Agilkoy village and continue through mixed woodland to Yilani.
km20.6 turn left following "Aksu 6km" sign on road 32-09.
km27.4 take the RH turn to "Yenisirbademli 42km". Beyond Karagi village the road deteriorates with patched tarmac and the occasional large pot holes.
km40.3 turn right in centre of village, large mountains ahead.
km47.6 take left turning to "Yenisirbademli 21km".
km48.9 turn right at “Dedegol Dagi 13km” sign, road traverses above deep valley. At high point of road there is a fenced BBQ area on the RHS “ Kizidag Milli Parki, Vali Cezmesi” turn right here onto good dirt road descending through pine forest . The road follows a ridge down to a col with grassy meadows and shepherd summer camp.
km59.1 tee junction with a finger post “Dedegol Dagi 10.5km” next to water trough. This is the trail head. A shepherd wanders over to greet us, a friendly hand shake and looking up at the grey skies makes the gesture of rain, we have to agree, the hillside rising into greyness. As we put on boots and sacs, the elderly shepherd must conclude we are mad and heads back to his village camp.
There are several tracks to choose from but the one you want is the rough dirt track passing a small group of graves and climbing the steep grassy ridge into pine forest. Beyond the pines the track descends slightly before continuing up a gentle angled grassy ridge. The hillside steepens and the excellent path switch backs up grass to reach the edge of a valley bowl. We take the path into the bowl but the way on is the path left up the stony ridge which we regain. The path now climbs trending left over a mix of grass and rock outcrops, at times indistinct but the route is marked by a plentiful supply of cairns. The path gains a short rocky ridge to reach a wide grassy shoulder at alt.2400m. The path switch backs up the shoulder before traversing right into a small gap at alt.2650m. From this gap it is best to climb up left on the ridge to pick up cairns and good path to the summit, as we are in cloud this option is not obvious and we continue through the gap before making our way up the steep rock / scree hillside eventually reaching the path. The path arrives at a ridge and turning left reaches the summit with large rocks and turret like cairn. (N37.66578deg., E031.30104deg, 2996m) Not long after we depart the summit the cloud breaks giving good views, particularly the turquoise green Beysehir Lake.
1.9 km down the dirt road from the trail head is Pinargozu, a deserted camping area and river flowing from large cave entrance, the cave, though gated a short way in, is worth a visit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4226 ft / 1288 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.8 mi / 9.3 km|
| Route:||North shoulder|
| Trailhead:||N37.69860Deg. E031.29556Deg. 5551 ft / 1691 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
Summit in cloud for much of the time.
| Time:||3 Hours 21 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 11 Minutes|
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