Ascent of Pigeon Hill on 2017-05-02

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pigeon Hill
    Elevation:1240 ft / 377 m

Ascent Trip Report

First time ever doing the three peak hike going backwards. Starting at Pigeon Hill Parking and hiking back to Kennesaw and then returning. I did this since the parking lot at the Visitor Center was gate closed at 5:45 AM and I have never had trouble taking the route from Kennesaw forward in the dark. Perhaps it opens at 6AM? In any case, I had only a short time before work at 8 AM and had to get back to the hotel to shower so I drove the parking at Pigeon Parking and parked. The gate was open at 545. This route taps Pigeon Hill and Little Kennesaw twice and only once on top of Big K. Normally I tag Big K twice, Little K twice and Pigeon once or twice. Going in the backward direction and not re-climbing Big K from the Visitor Center shaves about 600 feet and 2 miles off the hike. Thus it was only a 4 mile and 1200 foot morning not a 6 mile 1800 foot morning. On the bright side, even in the dark with a headlamp, I completed the entire 4 mile route (jogging where I could) in just over one hour so I averaged about 4 mph. Keeping from tripping was the hardest part especially near the Big Z on the backside of Little K.

There were many nature sounds in the dark including and owl and a pair of whip-poor-whils calling each other making it a unique exercise before first light!

I have now tagged the top of Big K 13 times, Little K 11; and Pigeon Hill 8 times. One of my most frequently used routes when training in the ATL area.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:225 ft / 68 m
    Total Elevation Loss:25 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:55F before sunrise
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Std route
    Start Trailhead:Pigeon Parking  1020 ft / 310 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:25 ft / 7 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 20 ft / 6 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:1220 ft / 371 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Atlanta-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Kennesaw Mountain2017-05-01 a713 ft / 217 m
2Little Kennesaw Mountain2017-05-01 b140 ft / 43 m
3Pigeon Hill2017-05-01 c40 ft / 12 m
4Pigeon Hill2017-05-01 d220 ft / 67 m
5Little Kennesaw Mountain2017-05-01 e380 ft / 116 m
6Kennesaw Mountain2017-05-01 f383 ft / 117 m
7Yonah Mountain2017-05-01 g1686 ft / 514 m
8Long Mountain2017-05-01 h170 ft / 52 m
9Pine Mountain2017-05-01 i722 ft / 220 m
9Pigeon Hill2017-05-02 a225 ft / 69 m
10Little Kennesaw Mountain2017-05-02 b430 ft / 131 m
11Kennesaw Mountain2017-05-02 c401 ft / 122 m
13Pigeon Hill2017-05-02 e25 ft / 8 m
Total Trip Gain: 5535 ft / 1688 m    Total Trip Loss: 3582 ft / 1093 m

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