Ascent of Hancock County High Point on 2011-02-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hancock County High Point
    Elevation:250 ft / 76 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy Logging Road hike from Anner Road, southeast side ...... 1 1/2 miles, 50 minutes RT.

I used Fred Dale TR of 2000 and Bill Jacobs TR of 2003 in my source of information. After twice attempting this highpoint, using the routes by the 2 referenced highpointers and finding it difficult, I provide here the best and very easy route to this destination, one must read their TRs in order to better understand the different routes available.

We first came here on the 11th of January and after checking out the area, talking to a number of locals and not finding people at home that could give us permission to enter their property we decided to leave it for another day. The Hare Krishna Commune appeared empty, the guy I did talk to seemed very distant and not helpful. I would find out that I completely misread the Google satellite maps that I had on hand.
Before leaving we checked out the south side. From the intersection of Anner/Preacher Powell roads we drove north on R212, a small dirt road that leads about .5 miles to the property due-south of the summit. The lady at the house gave us permission to walk her property (a huge clearing). I walked along the north side of the property (east/west) looking for an easy entry into the woods ...... extremely dense, full of thorns, a solid wall, impossible to enter from this area.
On the way to this area we learned from Norman Green that a number of people from New Orleans have moved here since Katrina. Norman, who lives in a trailer on R212, just before the foregoing property, was working under his trailer wrapping his water pipes to prevent freezing ...... the weather has been unseasonably cold.

We came back today and went straight to the Krishna community where a guy sitting in his car, talking on the his cell phone, directed us to Scott, a real nice guy working at the community center. He said that "Yogi", the commune manager (as reported by Jacobs) was away for the day. Scott didn't know that this was the County Highpoint area, he volunteered to guide me to the summit area saying, "I have to go back there anyway to check on the animals."

From Anner Road at the large "Iskon/New Talavana" sign, entrance to their pasture (summit is west of here), Scott lead me north across the pasture (side stepping the paddies) to their north property fence line, then east on the woods track along the fence to the north side of the summit, bushwacked south a good distance (dense/thorny with open logged areas, the last part on a good logging road). This is more or less the Jacob's route, his return trip was similar to Dale's route (as best as I could understand).
I wanted to turn back into the bushwack because I felt that I was abusing my host both in time and physically. Scott would have no part of it, he was really keen in finding the highpoint. He knew that this area was being logged but had never been up here.

Scott's return trip was very easy and short, all on logging roads, and can be seen on the satellite maps. This is my recommended route and I describe it in detail below.

From the TH walk north on the very good logging road (fence line on the right is the Krishna's west boundary line), at .25 mile stay left at the fork and continue for an .12 mile (northwest) to where the road bends west (coordinates at bend 30.62899, 89.50721), from here it .37 miles to the summit area, for a total distance of .75 miles.
At the summit area logging roads lead in different directions, I chose my highpoint to the left at 50 feet in the dense woods at coordinates 30.62910, 89.51274 (close to PB).

From I59 exit 10, north of Picayune, drive east on Union Road for 7.6 miles to a left turn on Anner Road, then north for 2.5 miles to a T-Junction ..... Preacher Powell Road is to the left and Anner Road continues right. Turn right (northeast) staying on Anner Road for .5 miles to a gated logging road on the left which heads north (clearly shown on the satellite map). Park here without blocking the road, this is the TH.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:logging road from anner road
    Trailhead:anner road   220 ft / 67 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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