Ascent of Pine Log Mountain on 2016-01-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pine Log Mountain
    Elevation:2331 ft / 710 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road/trail hike over 3 peaks .... 7.6 miles, 4:05 hours RT

I have a personal list that I'm working-on, "COUNTY HIGH POINTS ON THE I-75 CORRIDOR NORTH OF ATLANTA". The reason for coming to these 2 county high pointing is to complete the "I-75 Knoxville-Atlanta Section", what remains is Knoxville-Cincinnati.

This TR is for Cherokee CO (Pine Log Mountain) and Bartow CO (Bear Mountain-Southwest). I followed the "The Oesers and Mike Beavers" TR of 2005 and the excellent provided detail is all that one needs. I found a few hic-cups so this reports attempts to clarify/update/add detail only where necessary. This is not a stand alone TR and one must read Oesers/Beavers.

We found our way to the Pine Log Mountain WMA access road on Stamp Creek Road, 100 yards before this road is the Pine Log Mountain Checking Station which was unfortunately closed. Signs here read "Roads are open to hunters access, only during the dates posted at the check station". The checking station provides free self-serve road map of the area, an information board names the open roads, but nothing about "open dates".
The Oesers/Beavers TR states " .... is only open on weekends in January ..... signs state that the gate is open in January ..." ????
We asked 3 hunters and they told us the gate is always open during the hunting season??? So our recommendation to future hikers is to contact the Pine Log Mountain WMA and confirm the open dates.
Also there is no mention that hikers are prohibited, in-fact during our time inside the park we past/chatted with a number of hunters ... all where very friendly and no-one questioned our presence.

Directions to the TH.
0.0M ... we zeroed our odo at Stamp Creek Road (34.25410,-84.68908) and traveled north on the WMA dirt road. The gate was open.
1.6M ... past a concrete bridge on the left, we stayed straight. We got confused here and actually went left over the creek.
2.0M ... stayed left at the fork and immediately cross over the creek on a concrete bridge.
2.9M ... arrived at a fork at an open area, left is a lesser road, right is a gated Road #5 (open today), this is the hiking route. This was my TH (34.28655,-84.66860), 1180' elev. Road #5 is too risky for passenger cars but not for high clearance as I note below.

The distance I provide are estimates only.
I left my TH on Road #5 as it snakes north about 1.2 miles to where the road bends right (easterly) and in .3 miles comes to a trail junction at a small clearing (34.30003,-84.65512). Two trucks were parked here, evidence that high clearance can be driven to this point (they were still here on my return). I did not see anyone.
The main road continues straight (east), I turned left and climbed steeply north .2 miles to a grassy clearing. At the top/north-end of the clearing (34.30210,-84.65545) is an old woods road that climbs north.
The Bartow CO HP is generally north of here at .6 miles.

I followed/climbed this road .2 miles north to an obscure fork and the end of the road. I stayed straight, picking up a small trail which led me northerly .4 miles to the ridge (elev 2100'). This trail at places non-existant is blazed with faded-orange/pink flag tape and passes-by very near the Oesers/Beavers way point (34.30694,-84.65472). Also the trail is in very open woods, and I did not encounter any thick brush/medium bushwack that is talked-about in the fore-referenced TR.
I climbed the estimated 2.3 mile distance from the TH to the ridge in 1:15 hours.

Once on the ridge its an easy 70 yards walk west on the ridge to the liner HP, stomped the area.

BEAR MOUNTAIN .... 2.8 miles from TH
Once on the ridge its an easy half-a-mile walk northeast to the summit on a good ATV Trail (little used), red blazed on trees. At about 50 yards an orange blazed flag taped route comes up from the right (south) and continues on the ATV Trail for a short distance. I checked out this route to the south and found a good trail (blazed with orange flag tape) which appears to be coming up from the southeast (perhaps a better route to this ridge).
I took a 10 minute lunch break at the Towered summit.

PINE LOG MOUNTAIN .... 3.8 miles from TH.
An easy gravel road walk northeast took me 1 mile to the summit. I ascended to this summit including the time at the other 2 summits in 2:25 hours.
I backtracked to the TH going over BEAR MOUNTAIN for the second time in 1:25 hours.

We moved on to our next personal List, "County High Points on the I-20 Corridor East of Texas", before finally getting to our beautiful family at The Woodlands, TX, north of Houston.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:251 ft / 76 m
    Total Elevation Loss:251 ft / 76 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:251 ft / 76 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:rd walk neb from bear mountain
    Start Trailhead:bear mountain  2080 ft / 633 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:251 ft / 76 m
    End Trailhead:bear mountain  2080 ft / 633 m
Ascent Part of Trip: pine log

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bear Mountain-Southwest Ridge2016-01-10 a1080 ft / 329 m
2Bear Mountain2016-01-10 b243 ft / 74 m
3Pine Log Mountain2016-01-10 c251 ft / 77 m
4Bear Mountain2016-01-10 d323 ft / 98 m
Total Trip Gain: 1897 ft / 578 m    Total Trip Loss: 2797 ft / 853 m

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