Ascent of Fort Mountain on 2017-09-16

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fort Mountain
    Elevation:2840 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

I moved to Plaquemine LA for work in June 2016. Not much for summits or even hiking; however, I bought a Palomino Camper that fits in the bed of my truck as I want to use this when I retire and hike more often, it will be much nicer than sleeping in the truck front seat. On July 27th 2017 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and part of this camping trip was to get my mind off the forthcoming treatment as well as work.

I stayed in the Fort Mountain campground and hiked the Gohuti Trail. The Gohuti trail wanders through a mixed hardwood and pine forest. There are areas where granite rock outcroppings appear from nowhere. I imagine in the spring it is prettier as there are Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel throughout the trail. The downside to hiking in forest is the lack of vistas and long-distance views.

From our starting point one climbs to the summit of Fort Mountain, but to reach the summit one must get off the Gohuti Trail and join another extension that passes the old rock wall. The rock wall is the namesake of the mountain, then above the rock wall is the summit.

I took pictures of the views from the summit and detoured around the north loop, rejoining the Gohuti Trail and beginning my descent. I made another stop at the Cool Springs viewpoint then continued descending along the north side of the mountain. About a mile into the woods I heard something a bit loader than just acorns falling from the trees to my left. Then another noise to my right, which was a medium sized black bear. The bear seemed just as weary of me and started running downhill, crossing the trail about 40 feet in front of me. It was close enough that I could hear it grunting.

I don't recall when I was back at the camper, but sleeping in the camper beats the heck out of sleeping in the front seat.
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