Ascent to McGowan Mountain-3905 on 2017-07-03

Climber: Mark Anderson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:McGowan Mountain - 3905
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:3912 ft / 1192 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did a hiking loop in southwest section of Otter Creek Wilderness. McGowan Mtn trail passes close to summit and I believe, but have not confirmed, there is a benchmark at the high point. The top is covered in spruce/hardwood forest and there isn't a clear bushwhack route to the benchmark. I did follow two very old routes (cut marks only), one of which led to a partial clearing and view West. The other crossed to the East within 25 ft. of a GPS marker indicating the summit, but impenetrable rhody/spruce kept me getting closer to the likely right spot. I had a saw, but decided not to take the time to whack through the maw.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 608 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2000 ft / 609 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.5 mi / 23.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class I-II
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Partly cloudy summer WVA day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Otter Creek/yellow/mcgowan trails
    Start Trailhead:Otter Creek TH  2912 ft / 887 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2000 ft / 609 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1000 ft / 305 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Gain on way out:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:Moore Run/Otter Creek trails
    End Trailhead:same trailhead  2912 ft / 887 m
    Time:4 Hours 

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