Ascent of The Mound on 2017-04-09

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Mound
    Elevation:1700 ft / 518 m

Ascent Trip Report

After packing up our tent in site #1 of the walk-in campground, we drove to the trailhead at the end of the road and started hiking south. The morning air was cool and the sun had just risen but was behind some clouds. We hiked the Mound Trail/Hiking Club Route for the most part. Bison were roaming around the middle of their prairie area and pheasants, ducks, geese, and meadowlarks sang and flew around us. We reached the top where a boulder stuck out of the dirt like an iceberg at a sign that said "Prairie Panaorama"or something like that. It was a good view in all directions and appeared to be the true summit. We continued on the biggest boulder around which turned out to be named Eagle Rock. We scrambled up that and found that it was lower than the panorama spot. Next we discovered the aligned rocks and then hooked back on the Upper Cliff Trail. We took this past the deeper than expected red quarry where "420"was written in rocks at the bottom, and continued until we found a trail foing down through the cliffs. This trail was steep and rocky; an almost unique trail in this part of the country. At the bottom we stayed along the cliff bases instead of going on the paved bike trail. Turkey vultures were hanging out, maybe 7 or 8, on one cliff section before soaring around on a decent breeze. There was also a dead raccoon in the trail which looked pretty fresh. We found a way back up to the cliff top on a game trail through some small trees. It was a short walk back to the car after that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:200 ft / 60 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 190 ft / 58 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Mound Trail
    Start Trailhead:1510 ft / 460 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Blue Mounds

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Mound2017-04-09 a200 ft / 61 m
2Eagle Rock2017-04-09 b277 ft / 84 m
Total Trip Gain: 477 ft / 145 m    Total Trip Loss: 477 ft / 145 m

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