Ascent of Crittenden County High Point on 2012-04-07

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crittenden County High Point
    Elevation:240 ft / 73 m

Ascent Trip Report

Date: 4/7/12
Author: Denis Dean & Tom Owen

Crittenden county Arkansas has 8 contours at 240 feet of above, all located on Brandywine Island east of Turrell, AR.
After some property owner schmoozing, I was able to get access to the island on Easter weekend and Denis Dean drove some 6+ hours from west Arkansas to check this county off his list, meeting me at exit 34 to drive to Brandywine Island.

Brandywine Island is a closed hunting reserved and is posted, gated and locked. High pointers should not attempt this county without contacting the land owners and property manager. They do not with their contact information posted on-line, so please contact me and I will send it to you.
That being said, the land owners in Mississippi were understanding if not a little confused as to our mission and gave their permission to contact the property manager to arrange a visit to the island. The manager is a little hard to get a hold of as there is little cell phone service on the island, so calling him in the early evening when he is at home is more efficient. The manager himself was very nice and drove Denis and I all the way out to the high points in his 4WD truck as my Malibu would not have made it out there. He was very knowledgeable about the island and talked about the floods from the 2 previous springs that had covered the island, making the true highest point easily identifiable. The floods also washed away the hunting lodge and it has been torn down.

Getting there:
A last minute change in plans had Denis and I met at the Post Office outside Joiner off exit 34 on I-55 but we quickly ended up on muddy farm field roads trying to reach Corona Rd from the north and we had to turn back.
The easiest, most-paved way is to approach from Frenchman’s Bayou (as Hans suggests) or from Joiner off US-61.
From Frenchman’s Bayou, take S Hwy1246 south until it becomes County Road 1246. Continue over the levee and on to Brandywine Island. This road dead ends at Brandywine Rd where you will see a sign for the lodge pointing to the left. Turn left and continue past the Tipton county Tennessee police substation (you are in Tennessee now) until you see a large brick and iron gate on the left (3 miles); this is the formal entrance to the hunting club’s reserve. Turn left here and continue to the remains of the lodge; this is where we met the land manager and got in his truck. There is another gate here over the Brandywine Chute that is kept locked when the manager is not present and should not be crossed without his permission.
If you are coming from the north and Joiner, take State Hwy 267 south out of town and continue about 4 miles until it intersects County Rd 1246 and turn left.

The highpoints:
After driving on to the island there is a dirt/sand road leading north off of the main gravel track; the high point contours are along this ‘road.’
We crossed the contours in the opposite order Hans Haustein describes. The three western most areas are as he describes, in a large clearing with one deer hunting stand. The land manager told us all these areas were under at least “an inch or two of water” during the flood, making them lower than the areas further east.
The middle two areas are right on the road and we passed over them while driving. Again, the manager said they were underwater during the flood.
Finally, we arrived at the eastern most areas on the bluff overlooking North Lake. This inlet is cut off from the Mississippi River during low water. There are three contours in this area but the highest by sight and by the manager’s word is the eastern most. He said this area was dry during the flooding and it was where he parked his vehicles and equipment. We stamped around the two points by the road but were discouraged from going into the brush for the third point and again, he said the eastern contour was the only one above water.

Calling Crittenden county completed, we returned to the front gate, thanked the manager and set off to summit Mississippi county to the north.

Crittenden01 - middle on road 35.40593,-90.12143 240+ feet
Crittenden02 - middle on road 35.40570,-90.11841 240+ feet
Crittenden03 - east lower then 04 35.40419,-90.11401 240+ feet
Crittenden04 - east highpoint 35.40369,-90.11301 240+ feet
Crittenden05 - east in woods 35.40299,-90.11510 240+ feet
Crittenden06 - west sand hill 35.40401,-90.12630 240+ feet
Crittenden07 - west sand hill 35.40461,-90.12525 240+ feet
Crittenden08 - west sand hill 35.40502,-90.12485 240+ feet
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