Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2017-01-29

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bear Mountain
    Elevation:2303 ft / 701 m

Ascent Trip Report

If your goal is Pine Log Mountain, the Cherokee County high point, you will have to climb over Bear Mountain twice, once from the SW and then from the NE on your way back. This is what I did during my visit. In addition, the Bartow County HP is only 200 feet off the trail to Pine Log Mountain, so you can bag two extra high points en route to Pine Log Mountain. I am thankful to The Oesers and Mike Beavers whose trip report informed me that this area is only open on weekends in January. Without their trip report I would have made a long unsuccessful drive from Missouri to a locked gate to this area far from the actual trailhead. Even with an open gate in January, however, you will still have a long hike to the summit of Bear Mountain. The trailhead is at a locked gate with a "5" painted on it and it took me 1.25 hours to hike to the Bartow Co. HP from there and another 14 minutes to reach the summit of Bear Mountain, which has a communication tower complex on top, so the highest point is not easy to identify. There is a good view to the NE from here of Pine Long Mountain, which is probably your actual goal. You can expect another 30 minutes of time to get there and than the long hike back to your car at gate #5.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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