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Ascent of Mount Oglethorpe on 2018-05-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Oglethorpe
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:3288 ft / 1002 m

Ascent Trip Report

I made this complicated. I parked before the gate to the park and hiked up to make it a non-drive up. After circling the park and peak and trails, I bushwhacked down a steep slope near the car and descended down onto a steep trail with a white blaze. Instead of going back to the car I followed it and it put my into a nice subdivision that had steep slopes, paved roads, and expensive houses. I realized I was now on a bearing to grab the small summit called Sanderlin Mountain. So, seeing now signage to keep me for an extra credit urban summit, i hiked up and tagged Sanderlin (which appears to be in the R/W. Then, hiked back up the road to where the white blaze trail gives access to the public (adjacent to the water tank) but note there is no parking here. I would not have found this if I had not come from the Eagle's Rest Park and my impromptu bushwhack (or I could have taken the white trail from the summit of Oglethorpe). This peak, has some views from man-made viewing platforms but is littered with towers. Yuck.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:718 ft / 218 m
    Total Elevation Loss:648 ft / 196 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:453 ft / 138 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 438 ft / 134 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:see TR  2850 ft / 868 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:633 ft / 192 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 368 ft / 112 m; Extra: 265 ft / 80m
    Gain on way out:265 ft / 80 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  2920 ft / 890 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Atlanta-7

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Rottenwood Creek Hill 9352018-05-22 a370 ft / 113 m
2West Palisades CRNRA HP 10202018-05-22 b275 ft / 84 m
3Mount Wilkinson2018-05-22 c285 ft / 87 m
4Springer Mountain2018-05-24 a452 ft / 138 m
5Ball Mountain2018-05-24 b110 ft / 34 m
6Rich Mountain2018-05-24 c219 ft / 67 m
7Mount Oglethorpe2018-05-24 d718 ft / 219 m
10Sanderlin Mountain2018-05-24 e100 ft / 30 m
Total Trip Gain: 2529 ft / 772 m    Total Trip Loss: 2164 ft / 660 m



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