Ascent of Ponders Montain on 2016-06-04

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, June 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ponders Montain
    Elevation:1290 ft / 393 m

Ascent Trip Report

Saw this on the phone ap and so thought, it is near the hotel, let's do it after Pine Mountain?. Strange it was not in the database of the website after I did it so I had to add it as a provision peak. There is a subdivision being constructed on the south side of the mountain. I tried to get it from the tower access road but the driveway goes by two small houses with barking dogs and I did not want to disturb the people to ask for permission at the time of day it was so I tried the subdivision. I parked down at the end of the paved road and then walked back to the intersection to make my TH. Then walked back to the cleared land beyond the phase of construction and bushwhacked to the top. Near the top I found a very nice developed trail system. The peak has no views. I took the trail north and down the hill along a wide clay erosion feature that was just north of my parked car. One can avoid the bushwhack by parking at the end of the construction and finding the wide clay erosion feature about 80 yards to the north (see aerial) and at the top is a trial to the peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:290 ft / 88 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:paved road to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Subdivision construction parking  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:trail at top to construction
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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