Ascent of Gordon Hill on 2012-03-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, March 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gordon Hill
    Elevation:677 ft / 206 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy track walk ..... 1.7 miles, 45 minutes RT.

We used Ken Oeser TR of 2000 which is still valid today, however access is a problem. This reports adds/updates the ground conditions.

We approached from the west, driving east on MS Hwy #72, going through the Community of SLAYDEN, MS. to the intersection of 72/7, where we turned left and drove north on Hwy MS #7 for 5 miles to the State Line, continued north on TN #18 for 3.91 miles to a left on TN #57, .25 miles west to a left into a wet dirt track. We parked here, this was my TH .... I would find out later that this was a no-no (explained below).

I walked a short distance south into the woods where track heads southwest to an open area, stays left into the woods again (.3 miles from TH), continues to another open area where it stays right then across the open field to the woods again (.6 miles from TH), then at .8 miles from TH I arrived to the right of the summit area. The obvious HP is 40 yards left in the open woods. A hunters stand is the south end of the short ridge.

I tramped the whole summit area, on a carpet of leaves and I easily found the concrete block with the Witness Post Survey Marker but not the other Witness Post and BM that Ken found. My GPS at the block read 35.03853, 89.22103. The block is not on the highest spot.

When I got back Rose told me that a young man in a pickup-truck drove up to tell her that this area is posted and that I had no business going in without permission.
Rose told him that we didn't see the sign and apologized,
"I could be really mean but I won't, make sure he sees that sign on the way out."
He was not nice to her.
We didn't see a sign when we drove in but in reality there is a small "Posted" sign to one side of the track.
Rose didn't think of asking him, how one can get permission, but it's evident that this is a problem.

We moved on to the Hardeman CoHP (Hickory Benchmark).


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:117 ft / 35 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:track walk sb from hwy 57
    Trailhead:hwy 57  600 ft / 182 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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