Ascent of Onslow County High Point on 2018-08-31

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Onslow County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:112 ft / 34 m

Ascent Trip Report

I visited both the Brinson Lane horse trails HP and bushwhacked through the northern HP which is even more overgrown than other reports indicate. As usual Tom Layton's direction were so spot on, I did not need my GPS. Below is the bulk of his report and see his post for an excellent map as well:

The areas south of Potters Hill Road are now used by horseback riders who have cut a number of new trails that are not evident on the topo or satellite photos. This can be disorienting.

To access the southern areas, take Brinson Lane north from NC 24 at a sign for Whipporwill Campground. (Brinson Lane is in Duplin County, though it appears to be in Onslow on the USGS map.) Follow the gravel road through the campground and continue on the dirt riding trails, which are driveable. At two forks, stay left. The second fork you will take the road signed TRAIL and avoid the one signed SPUR. Follow this road until it turns to the northeast, crossing into Onslow County (unsigned) and ending at a pond. One of the HPs is in thick brush inside this curve. The land here does rise noticeably a few feet. This is Area 4 on Shannon Dillmore's LiDAR map. My GPS put it at N34.93741 W77.65355 (NAD 27 datum).

Dillmore's Area 7 may be on the county line and should be visited. So should his Area 10, which has a 115 contour on the county map. But other 115-foot contours he identified (Areas 1 and 8) as well as the 114-footers (Areas 5, 6, and 9) are west of the actual county line. Areas 2, 3, and 11 are in Onslow County but do not register as 115-foot contours on the county LiDAR survey. You'll probably cross Area 2 en route to Area 4.

The northern area is a skinny ridge north of Potters Hill Road just east of the Duplin County line that appears to be a short walk through rows of timber. We parked at a pullout on the county line and tried to follow the rows N/NE to the ridge. This area had been clear-cut when Dillmore visited in 2008, and it has been replanted in pines that have not grown enough to choke out the briars. Also, it's nearly impossible to discern the ridge, because the land was so heavily rutted by the loggers. No natural HP remains that I could find. Note: The road name changes from Potters Hill in Onslow County to Kirby Thigpen in Duplin County. The county line is signed only on the Duplin side.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy and Humid Day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Bushwack from Road
    Start Trailhead:Unmaintained Road and short bushwhack   82 ft / 24 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Bushwack to Road
    End Trailhead:Short Bushwhack and Unmaintained Road  82 ft / 24 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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