Ascent of Mill Creek Mountain on 2018-10-22

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Date:Monday, October 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mill Creek Mountain
    Elevation:1864 ft / 568 m

Ascent Trip Report

On a previous trip, FR212A was blocked by a fallen tree. Now that it has been cleared, we drove to the end of the road and then bushwhacked SW up the ridge through open woods to the summit, which is a long outcropping that is higher toward the SW end of the contour. The hike is about one-third of a mile each way.

Note on the USGS topo that the Whitfield/Walker county line is a surveyed straight line (rather than the natural watershed). It appears to cross very near the summit (spot elevation 563). However, it is possible that the Whitfield COHP is one of the lesser boulders just N/NE of the summit. Touch 'em all to be certain you've covered the actual Whitfield COHP.

FR212 is labeled Chestnut Mountain Road on some maps. It leads to the summit of Chestnut Mountain. FR212A (labeled 212B in one previous trip report) is not shown on the USGS topo, but look for it on the FS Topo. It is signed and is a good gravel road to the left. Continue north on 212A until you reach a turnaround NE of the summit. Park here. There is a lesser road that continues downhill but it is gated.

The forest roads are suitable for cars, but there is a creek to be forded shortly after you turn off GA143 onto Chestnut Mtn Road/FR212. It was dry today but was probably 6 inches deep on our previous trip. The bottom is concrete and safe to drive across, but the ramps on both sides are fairly steep, and some cars might bottom out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Trailhead:FR212A  1464 ft / 446 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:

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