Ascent to Cowpen Mountain-Locked gate on 2017-01-31

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Cowpen Mountain - Locked gate
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m
    Remaining Elevation:631 ft / 193 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I had hoped to do both Cowpen Mountain and Bald Mountain in the same day, but the access road to each was blocked with locked gates. The distance to Bald Mountain was manageable, so I left my car at the locked gate and did a long 3 hour roundtrip hike to its summit and back, but the distance to the summit of Cowpen Mountain from its locked access gate was way too far. A sign on the road before this spot read road closed Jan. 1 - March 31, so if you want to climb either of these high points, it would be easier to avoid the 3 month winter closure window. I will be back to bag Cowpen Mountain later this year when I have a much more manageable distance. I probably should have waited to do Bald Mountain then too and reduced my roundtrip hiking distance from 7 miles to just 1 mile!
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