Ascent of Rockdale County High Point on 2013-02-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rockdale County High Point
    Elevation:980 ft / 298 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB gives 7 Candidate High Point Areas for this county, I visited all seven in the order listed below, but as numbered by PB. All very easy with little hiking ..... less than 1 mile RT for all 7 Areas.

From I-20, exit 82, east of Atlanta, we drove north on hwy#138 for 1.5 miles to a left turn on State #20, then about 6 miles to a left turn on Hightower Trail, 2.1 miles northwest to the 4-way junction of Hightower Trail/Pleasant Hill Road, gas station on corner. This was our starting/reference point for the first 5 Areas, we zeroed our odo.
0.00M ... we left eastbound on Pleasant Hill Road
0.12M ... arrive at house #911 on the left. Area 5 is to its rear (north) at about 200 yards. I chose to visit this Area from the north as noted in this report.
On the right is the True Gospel Baptist Church, Area 4 is to its rear.
0.25M ... house #872 is to the right, Area 3 is on the ridge in front of this house.
0.37M ... Mink-Linsey Road is to the left and leads to the northern approach for Area 5.
Just 75 yards ahead on Pleasant Road is house #750 on the right, Area 2 is (north) across the road.
0.50M ... Area 1 is to the left at house #701.

For the last 2 areas we drove southeast on Hightower Trail from the above 4-way junction for .93 miles to a left turn on Bethel Road, at 200 yards east is a gated farm entrance on the left, this was our TH for Area 6.
We continued east on Bethel Road for .5 miles to a left turn on Day Road, then north .25 miles and parked the van at a gated entrance on the right, Area 7 is to the left.

AREA 4 ..... 200 yards RT .... drove to the rear of the church and walked the open pine woods 60 yards to the high ground at a tall lone tree, the berm to the west amid the line of trees doesn't appear to be natural.

AREA 3 .... 150 yards RT .... a small ridge parallels the road in front of the houses, nothing really obvious, touched the high ground to be sure. This area appears to be higher than Area 4.

AREA 2 & 1 .... 100 yards RT for both .... along the north side of the road (in the woods) is the resemblance of a ridge which needs to be checked out.

AREA 5 .... 100 yards RT .... from Pleasant Hill Road we drove northeast on Mink-Linsey Road for .6 miles to a left turn on Harley Beth Drive, .1 mile left again on Ash Tree road which loops at its top end at .75 miles. We parked here, this was my TH.
I went to house #4481 & 4491 with no answer.
With Rose sitting in the van to take the flack, I walked between the 2 houses to bunch of small barking dogs that yapped the whole time I was out there.
The County Line is right behind these houses on a Northeast-Southwest ridge, no way for me to identify the CoLine. I walked/fought my way on the small ridge (mostly dense small pines with briars), satisfied with my effort I chose my spot at GPS 33.75859,-84.01650.

AREA 6 .... .5 miles RT .... I hopped the farm gate and walked north/northwest along the edge of the woods to no obvious high ground.

AREA 7 .... 100 yards RT .... I stepped over the broken fence and walked the grass field west 50 yards to the high ground at the power line pole. As I got back to the road a truck pulled up, it was a burly property owner ... not at all a happy camper. I told him about County High Pointing, he wasn't impressed and didn't care said he doesn't want people on his land for any reason, "You're lucky that it's a nice day and I'm in a good mood, normally I shoot first and ask questions later." .... lucky me.
I asked for his address so people can ask for permission "No, tell your people not to come here."


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:220 ft / 66 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to 7 areas
    Trailhead:Pleasant Hill/Bethel/day Roads  960 ft / 292 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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