Ascent of Old Williamsburg City High Point on 2006-07-29

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Saturday, July 29, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Old Williamsburg City High Point
    Elevation:100 ft / 30 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kind of bummed when the city expanded its city limits. I lost my HP claim as a result. Here's my story anyway:

Our plan was to spend three days in and around Williamsburg, with one day set aside to actually explore the colonial portion. The other days were spent driving around the bay and surrounding areas. We arrived late in the afternoon, coming in from Richmond, and battling very heavy weekend traffic on Interstate-64. All we wanted was our hotel.

The road net around Williamsburg is confusing. Naturally we got hopelessly lost, and ended up on an impromptu driving tour of the city, which was pretty. Somehow we found the interstate again, about 4 miles from where we left it, so we backtracked to our exit and tried again. This time we zigged instead of zagged, and with a bit of luck and Beth's sharp eyes, we found our hotel. We showered, then set out for a dinner at a nearby Ye Olde Golden Corral, just like where the colonists used to eat.

We set out to explore the city's highpoint areas after dinner. There are two areas, both along the western city boundary and easily accessed by major roads, and both at or above 100 feet elevation. The first area we explored was where Ironbound Road leaves US-60, and near Blair High School and Kiwanis Park. We explored a number of neighborhood roads, only getting out when we felt one particular area was higher than the rest. We parked at the Kiwanis Park along Longhill Road and walked across the street near a portion of natural woods with a good rise to it, a probable natural highpoint. This area was beside a grassy area abutting a Spring Hill Suites hotel. To our eyes, these areas seemed to be the best bet for the large, sinuous northern region. We also explored the regions near the hospital along Ironbound Road and a nearby mini-mart.

For the southern area, we took the 191 bypass south toward the Mill Neck neighborhood area. A smaller area essentially tops out at the intersection of Mill Neck Road and Berkeley Lane. We did some quick tags and called it good. Total time on this mission: an hour, including traffic and the various stops. It was kind of fun and a good excuse to tour other parts of Williamsburg.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:95 ft / 28 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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