Ascent of Worcester County High Point on 2012-01-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, January 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Worcester County High Point
    Elevation:60 ft / 18 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 6 Candidate High point Areas for this County, I was able to visit them all in this one trip, all thanks to Michael Schwartz TR dated 2002 which is still valid today. I have numbered the different Areas per PB and visited them in the order noted below.

AREA 3 .... 1 mile, 30 minutes RT.
We found our way to the south side of Salisbury at junction of hwy #13/eastern bypass where we drove east on the bypass to a right turn on St Lukes Road, southeast 3.7 miles to a left on Coulbourne Mill Road, .5 miles north to driveway #3265 on the right. There was no one home so we went to the next house up the road, no one home there also, so we went back to #3265 and parked the car on the road.
Knowing that this house was friendly I walked the long driveway past the house to the woods them following tracks/bushwack northeast to the high ground on the Wilcomico/Worcester Co Line, which I couldn't find. I stomped the area touching the high ground and returned as quickly as possible.

AREAS 5 & 6 ..... dirt road walk with short bushwack ... .5 miles, 30 minutes RT for both.
From Area 3 we went back to St Lukes Road and continued (south then east) for 1.5 miles to a dirt road (in dense woods) on the right blocked off by a cable. We parked here this was my TH.
I walked the dirt road south 200 yards to a T-junction then left 175 yards to a Hunters Camp, the 2 Areas are in the woods to the south.
AREA 5 is southwest of the Camp. I stomped the fairly open woods and chose my spot at somewhat obvious bump at 75 yards west of the Camp, GPS 38.26418, -75.53102.
AREA 6 is 100 yards east of Area 5, obvious, GPS 38.26432, -75.52962.

AREA 1 & 2 ..... .5 miles, 35 minutes RT.
From Area 5 & 6 TH we drove east St Lukes Road .9 miles to a right on Hwy #12 south, 5.1 miles to a right on Old Furnace road then 1.18 miles to a left (south) on Millville Road, on the corner is the Old Furnace Museum, closed for the winter. Drive south on Millville .9 miles to a right on Sand Road then west .4 miles to a sand track on the right, mailbox # 3719 on corner. Drive the dirt road northwest .23 miles to an open gate, the road bends left past here. I parked here, this was my TH for both Areas.
AREA 1 - I walked north 100+ yards in beautiful open woods to obvious high ground, I chose my spot at 38.19553, -75.47567.
AREA 2 - From the TH I walked northwest up the road 275 yards to a height-of-land, PB puts the spot at 230 degree Compass from here. I walked this area and chose my spot at an obvious bump at 70 yards, GPS 38.19435, -75.47846.
The obvious high ground of this Area however is east of the height-of-land just inside the woods at 8 yards from the road, GPS 38.19481, -75.47803.

AREA 4 ..... .5 miles. 20 minutes RT.
From Area 1 TH we went back to Hwy #12 and turned right (south) 2.5 miles to a left turn on #354, 2 miles left on Forest lane Road, 4.3 miles to a tri-junction (Forest Lane continues left, Voting House Road to the right). We went back on Forest Lane 200 yards and parked the van at a cabled-off track on the right (west) and a grass track to the left (east).
I walked the grass track east 350 yards directly to the obvious high ground which is left of the track. I chose my spot in the open woods besides a Hunter's Stand, GPS 38.24121, -75.40612.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:trails/bushwacks to 6 areas
    Trailhead:varies  40 ft / 12 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack

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