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Ascent of Worcester County High Point on 2020-06-21

Climber: Ed Wandall

Date:Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Worcester County High Point
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:60 ft / 18 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ah, Maryland, my nemesis. Good to turn this county Green! For the Delmarva Peninsula, it is really just easier to take Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester (Maryland) and Sussex and Kent (Delaware) and combine them into a large list as there is a bunch of candidates in one county that are very close to candidates in the neighboring county. This is what saved me a bunch of running around. Actually, it would be helpful to wait for someone to do a very good LIDAR analysis of the entire peninsula. Completing Delmarva county high points took me over 10 years! I always spend the July 4th weekend in Bozman, MD and have slowly been crossing candidates off my list. Every other year we also spend a long weekend in Chincoteague, Virginia. During these trips I always try to cross off a few candidates off, and it was terrific to close out Worcester, finally being done with scrubby forest, farm fields full of corn or beans, and sandy backroads!

I had previously visited the two areas around Furnace, MD off Sand Road. I like Furnace and the history there (closed due to COVID), and driving back there again this year showed that development is continuing. I don't think any of this changes the highpoints (still deep in the scrubby forest), but parking just off Sand Road is easier.

The two points south of St Lukes road are much easier to access, ad there appears to be some clearing going on. The path I took a few years ago is now a dirt road and there was obvious recent activity. I didn't go all the way back again, but there is clearance for a car or two to park near the road entrance. I have to think this is a quick, 10 minute stop now.

Finally, spot 1 on CoHP and Area 6 on Peakbagger...this is the annoying one. Two years ago I turned back after trying to get at it from the north and getting hung up in snarled irrigation ditches. Previous completers have had some luck with coming in from the west through the farmers fields. I tried this a couple of years ago and had no luck (but a quite active and loud dog kept me from stealthing it). This year I came in from the south, as it looks like some additional clearing has been done. I parked across from the sign for the Radio Control club off St. Lukes and took my water and hiked in. It has been fairly dry so far this summer and thank goodness, as there are more drainage ditches this way (though not as deep or full of brush as the ones on the north). Follow the dirt road north, cross a powerline right of way, and keep to the east of the scrub fields. When you start getting to the north treeline, the going gets worse (and looks like when it is wet, it will really be challenging). At the northwest peak of the clearing, there is a manway/hunters trail that heads back to the highpoint. There is a low section like a creek bed, keep that to your right and muck about for the high ground. The ground is much more open toward the fields, so if you are there, you are probably too far.
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    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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