Ascent of Whiting Mountain on 2016-03-05

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, March 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whiting Mountain
    Elevation:2400 ft / 731 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Whiting Mountain is the 14th highest named highpoint in Arkansas. This was the second attempt to bag this summit for my son, Marshall, and I. The first time we had GPS coordinates that were incorrect and we climbed the wrong mounds located about 1/2 mile to the SE of the true highpoints. We hiked to two areas within the 2400-foot contour line (NE and S). It is impossible to determine which spot is higher. My son felt like the NE area was higher. I felt like the southern area was higher, although for us it didn't matter because we visited both spots. I did not feel comfortable driving my 1991 Ford Festiva all the way to Whiting Mountain, since it got rather rough for my little car, but we were only 1/2 mile away from where we parked. We hiked to the southern highpoint on a road for most of the distance then the last few hundred feet was on a dirt bike trail through a forest that had burned recently. During our hike through the forest, about 10 recreational dirt bike riders came zooming past us. They probably wondered why we were wandering around the area without transportation! The northern highpoint was only .15 miles from the southern spot, but it required a rather nasty traverse of a thick thorny area. I definitely would not want to do that approach during the growing season. Neither summit had any views due to the trees. The entire roundtrip hike to both areas and back to the car took 55 minutes.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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