Ascent of Grassy Mountain on 2016-04-24

Climber: Van Wagner

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Mountain
    Elevation:1550 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

A Missouri 300 foot Prominent Peak, 18th highest of probably 79 peaks. I hiked a short bushwack to an ATV trail to the summit. The topo maps show an ATV trail from the NE, which we checked out a week prior. There was a home with three aggressive dogs, so we never left the vehicle. I tried the east approach. From Rt 72, I took Rt D SE. The road passes around Grassy, and off the right is a dirt road labeled Rt 109A. Satellite map shows an ATV trail along this road, but I encountered a fenced property with a locked gate at the start of the ATV trail. I backtracked to the home at the corner of D and 109A. I met a very nice couple who gave me permission to park in their driveway and hike to the top. The husband was Alden Sebastian, and friends call him Dean. He gave me permission to offer his name. He owns 35 acres on the mountain (probably not extending to the top). He is a nature enthusiast so he walked to the back of his property with me, and educated me on the 9 species of hickory and 35 species of oak on his property. He explained why the mountain should be called Sassafras mountain. He was a very nice guy, and he talked about growing up in nearby Bismarck, and even some history of his in the Vietnam War. Eventually I started a straight forward bushwack up the mountain (west), veering slightly to the south. I came upon a clearing with a cabin, then I followed a nice ATV trail to the summit. The trail splits midway, so stay right at that point. I returned the same way and chatted with Dean some more before I left. Nice hike.
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