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Ascent of Carteret County High Point on 2014-12-31

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Carteret County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:45 ft / 13 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are 4 candidate high point areas in this county all along the coast, we numbered them according to PB and visited them as listed below.

AREA 1
We found our way to the junction of Hwy #24/#58 at west end of Cape Carteret, where we drove south on #58 for 2 miles to a right turn onto Coast Guard Road on Emerald Island. At .2 miles passed Osprey Ridge Road on the right which is the way to Area #4. We stayed straight (west) on Coast Guard Road for another .65 miles to a right turn onto Lord Berkley Drive, .12 miles north left onto Clarendon Drive which we drove a short distance to its dead-end. We parked here.
The HP is at house #9816. I walked up the driveway to find no one home, took the liberty to check the high ground on each side of the house. Chose the sandy ridge to the left of the driveway at 34.65896,-77.07579.

AREA 4
We returned to Osprey Ridge Road and drove north (makes a right/left/right) for .4 miles to a left onto Christina Court which dead-ends at 150 yards. We parked here.
There are 2 spots that contend for the HP of this area. One is the sandy ridge in the open lot 40 yards north of house #402 (the Mobleys). The other, which I picked as my HP, is south of house #402 across the road, 20 yards inside the dense woods at GPS 34.66200,-77.06487.

AREA 2
We went back to the junction #24/#58 and traveled east on #24 for 1.37 miles to a left onto Fox Drive, .5 miles north turned right on Star Hill Drive which we followed (it makes a few turns) for .3 miles to a right onto St Augustine Drive, .2 miles east turned left onto Quail Wood Court followed by an immediate right on Bahia Lane, .2 miles came to Tifton Circle on the left. We parked at this corner.
The house north of this corner is #100 Tifton Circle, the owner Neil Fitzgerald, was outside trimming his hedges. We checked out the area together and it appears he has "the" HP.

AREA 3
We returned to the corner of #24/Fox Drive and drove east on #24 for 7.3 miles to Karobi Park Drive on the right, parked here.
I walked back (west) on #24 for 70 yards then south 30 yards to inside the open woods and the obvious HP. I found 2 Benchmarks.
The first one closest to the road "USCG Survey, KNOLL 1931" embedded in a concrete pedestal, besides a Witness Post Survey Marker and 2 wooden posts with orange tape. GPS 34.72563,-76.93492.
The other 20 yards to the south "USCG SURVEY, KNOLL NO5, 1931" embedded in a concrete pedestal.
I looked-for/couldn't find a 3rd one. The actual HP is to one side of the BMs.

"CARTERET COUNTY WAS CREATED IN 1722 AS CARTERET PRECINCT AND GAINED COUNTY STATUS IN 1739. IT WAS NAMED FOR SIR GEORGE CARTERET ONE THE 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH LORDS PROPRIETOR OR FOR HIS DESCENDANT AND HEIR JOHN CARTERET 2ND EARL GRANVILLE. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 66,649, ITS COUNTY SEAT IS BEAUFORT."



Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:75 ft / 22 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    Trailhead:cape carteret  30 ft / 9 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack



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