Ascent of Griswold Hills High Point on 2016-12-04

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Andrew Kirmse
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Griswold Hills High Point
    Elevation:3224 ft / 982 m

Ascent Trip Report

as we pulled up to the parking lot we discovered that this trailhead is very popular with the weekend shooting crowd (despite signs indicating that this was not permitted). there were folks firing off handguns and rifles of various capability (and noise). we spent a few minutes having lunch and getting ready, while taking in the scene and the upcoming hike.

the trail starts off by switchbacking up a steep hill to climber's left. we headed that way, and andrew stopped to ask the people who were shooting at the hill there if they would mind stopping while we climbed the trail. they agreed right away and we set off at a clip. later we'd learn these initial switchbacks would be the only switchbacks on the entire trail, and some of the most gentle grade. by 15 minutes in we were out of danger of being shot, and the gunfire started back up.

from this new vantage point we could see pretty much the entire trail to the top: it would follow a series of ridges straight up. it would be a steep hike. the trail follows the up and down over various bumps, it rarely sidehills. the trail is in pretty good repair overall, but it's unclear if it's maintained or not. i would not attempt this if the ground is wet, there are many places where it would be difficult to get grip.

the views are great. this peak is definitely worth the effort.

john vitz placed a register on his recent trip, and the first page had a couple other entries.

on the return trip the gunfire had died off, but unfortunately it started back up again just as we were approaching the top of the switchbacks. andrew climbed up a rock and yelled down to ask them to cease fire while we descended. again the folks were happy to let us through.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2142 ft / 652 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Trailhead:1282 ft / 390 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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