Ascent of Jefferson County High Point on 2011-02-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Jefferson County High Point
    Elevation:263 ft / 80 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fred Lobdell's TR of 2000 and Bill Jacobs's TR of 2005 both approach from the west side, starting at the same road. One route is a bushwack and the other a drive-up. I opted for Bill's humorous drive up, no question the easiest route. The purpose of this report is to add details/complement Bill's route.
We approached from the south a la Bill's driving directions. From Monticello we traveled north on 19 for .87 miles to a left turn on the Lake Road ( after passing Fred's store, Citgo on the right). We drove the paved Lake Road (north then west) 10.1 miles to a right turn on N Norias Road (which is Fred's unnamed dirt road).
We drove north on N Norias for 1.4 miles to Bill's obscure dirt road on the right, with a somewhat hidden sign "Posted, No Trespassing". The highpoint area is to the east, we decided to proceed.

We zeroed our odometer and drove the dirt road generally south of east, always following the most traveled roads.
0.19 miles ... arrive at a T-Junction and turn right, travel southerly.
0.31 miles ... stay left at the fork, travel east.
0.50 miles ... stay left at second fork and travel northeast to the summit area.
0.68 miles ... arrive at the highground after passing-by the grave site on the left. Park the car. The drive-up is through a beautiful very open pine forest with low underbrush.

I chose my spot at a tree 15 feet to the left of the car at coordinates 30.64299, 83.98540. PB puts it 100 feet to the north of my chosen spot.
This area is at the northwest corner of a large open field, 60 yards north of the fenced-in grave site "J.D. Turner, died March 2, 1884 at 41 years of age" ..... unfortunately it is overgrown with weeds.

Summary Total Data
    Route:drive up
    Trailhead:lake road/n norias road  -9999 ft / -3047 m

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