Ascent of Cowpen Mountain on 2016-06-04

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cowpen Mountain
    Elevation:4151 ft / 1265 m

Ascent Trip Report

Long bumpy gravel road in wilderness area till parking lot at the hirpin near "three Forks Mtn" as called out on USGS map. Too short of a hike so I hiked down the road and bushwhacked down towards teh creek east of the Forest Road to make a starting TH at elevation around 3310. Then hiked up past the car and on to the well maintained trail. I took the advise of others from the TRs and started a bushwhack off the Cohutta Trail just at about 1 the one mile point up the maintained trail and headed in a west by SW bearing till I found the top. No views. Just a CHP and 4k peak lister to scratch off then jogged back down to the car to go off adn bag 4 more for the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:841 ft / 256 m
    Total Elevation Loss:641 ft / 195 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:841 ft / 256 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:bushwack to road then road then Cohuta Trail
    Start Trailhead:contour below FR near Three Forks Mtn  3310 ft / 1008 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:641 ft / 195 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:Parking lot  3510 ft / 1069 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Atlanta-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cowpen Mountain2016-06-04 a841 ft / 256 m
2Bald Mountain2016-06-04 b805 ft / 245 m
3Grassy Mountain2016-06-04 c544 ft / 166 m
4Fort Mountain2016-06-04 d660 ft / 201 m
5Cohutta Mountain2016-06-04 e570 ft / 174 m
6Pine Mountain2016-06-04 f687 ft / 209 m
7Pine Mountain2016-06-04 g757 ft / 231 m
8Ponders Montain2016-06-04 h290 ft / 88 m
Total Trip Gain: 5154 ft / 1570 m    Total Trip Loss: 2502 ft / 763 m

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