Ascent of De Soto County High Point on 2010-04-02

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Friday, April 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:De Soto County High Point
    Elevation:420 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

After living in Memphis, TN for two years, I finally bagged De Soto county just across the state line in Mississippi for a de-virginizing first accent.

This county has 9 420+ ft contours scattered around Olive Branch MS, most of which are on or near private land. There are also 2 440+ ft contours in rock quarries shown on the topos, but by inspection, they do not exist any more. I visited them from west to east.

I left Memphis, heading south on I-55 to exit 287 (Church Rd) and headed east to visit the first 440+ ft quarry site. A left on to Sandidge Rd lead me into the quarry and some wandering reveled that there was no 440 ft contour at the given coordinates.
Back to Church Rd and continue east to Cockburn, turn right and then left on College Rd. The second quarry site is at the end of Amherst Dr off College Rd. There is most likely a 420+ ft contour here either in the vacant lot or in the back yard of the house on the left but the area has been recently developed and the ground disbursed.

As for the actual, listed 420+ ft contours: (*note the numbers are the contours as they appear on the website)
5. The Miller spot elevation is not far from the second quarry site just off MS-178 in front of the Railroad Ave waste disposal station
The next 6 contours are located further down 178 and north on Polk Ln
6-7. These contours are west of the intersection of Polk and Whispering Pines Dr on Chappel Rd on either side of the road. The one to the east is noticeably higher. Both are located in backyards of nearby homes.
3-4 & 8-9. These 4 point require some off road/trail navigation. Go east on Whispering Pines from Polk Ln and turn left on Forest Hill Dr. This road dead ends and is fenced and posted as no trespassing. There is a ladder to climb over the barbwire and then you can get to the un-fenced land on the other side.
Walk up hill until you find the ATV type trail and follow it the the first point. One point is .1 miles south of here inside a fenced pasture. The pasture appears to be higher.
The other 2 points are north of here and can be accessed by following the ATV trails north. They should NOT be accessed by traveling to the neighborhood northeast of here. There is no way around the signed, fenced property behind the houses. The southern point is near the ATV trail; the other is .5 mile north in a field
1-2. These two contours are near the Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center near the intersection of MS-302 and Hacks Cross Rd. One spot is on the baseball field behind the hotel. The other is to the north along the fence line of an warehouse. The fence line is likely higher than the baseball field. The De Soto airport is visible in the distance

This concluded my trip to De Soto county.
1. De Soto airport - north 420+ feet 34.97029 -89.79379
2. De Soto airport - south 420+ feet 34.96800 -89.79182
3. De Soto field north 420+ feet 34.95295 -89.76839
4. De Soto field south 420+ feet 34.94795 -89.76766
5. De Soto Miller BM 420+ feet 34.93126 -89.79165
6. De Soto Chappel Ln - east 420+ feet 34.93919 -89.78229
7. De Soto Chappel Ln - west 420+ feet 34.93853 -89.78384
8. De Soto Whispering Pines Dr 420+ feet 34.94173 -89.76854
9. De Soto Whispering Pines Dr 420+ feet 34.94303 -89.76802
10. De Soto mm - quarry 440+ feet 34.92354 -89.80008
11. De Soto mm - quarry 440+ feet 34.94003 -89.89024
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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