Ascent of Cowpen Mountain on 2018-06-05

Climber: Stewart Holt

Others in Party:Stephen Holt
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cowpen Mountain
    Elevation:4151 ft / 1265 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked in on the East Cowpen trail past the summit and ascended the ridge from the north. Searched for the USGS benchmark. We found RM 2 which had a white metal sign, which was once on a witness tree, laying beside it on the boulder. Pacing the 14 meters from RM2 towards the summit marker through head high weeds led to an area with surface boulders but no sign of the marker. Because it was described as flush with the ground decades ago, it is likely buried under soil. In the winter or early spring with the absence of weeds would provide a better chance of locating it with a tape. We descended from the summit east towards the Cowpen trail.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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