Ascent of Kent County High Point on 2013-10-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kent County High Point
    Elevation:80 ft / 24 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy visit to 21 areas, albeit a long day ...... a total of approx 3.5 miles of walking and 8 hours, including all of the in between driving.

We generally followed Michael Schwartz's footsteps all day, it goes without saying that after 13 years a few things have changed.
PB shows 20 Candidate High Point Areas whereas the talks about 21 Areas. I visited the 21 Areas.
For my TR I have numbered the Areas in the order listed in PB and visited them as listed below (more or less a la Michael).
One needs to read Michael for more detail.

For the most part the high ground for the different Areas is fairly obvious, however finding "the" HP is another matter, if not impossible for a highpointer of my capacity. Once on the high ground I stomp/grid (if necessary) the area to my satisfaction and call it good.
Farm land tends to change its ground contour on a constant basis .... due to the yearly farm work, coupled with natures erosion, caused by heavy rains and winds. I believe this is what has happened at #6.


#8 (Area 1 near Twin Eagle Farms).... drive up
.3 miles north of Deer Antler Road on Long Ridge Road chose my spot on the right at 39.28208,-75.71162.

#9 (Area 2 near Twin Eagle Farms) .... need not be visited, definitely lower than #8.

#10 (Area 3 near Twin Eagle Farms) .... 400 Yards RT
Between Houses #92 & 176 on Jordan Drive I followed the line of pine trees westerly 200 yards to my chosen HP at 39.28026,-75.71337.

#12 (Area 5 near Twin Eagle Farms) ..... 400 yards RT
We parked on Deer Antler Road at the field entrance near Pole #81266, and walked the fallow field 200 yards northwest to my spot 39.28286,-75.70422.

#11 (Area 4 near Twin Eagle Farms) ..... 700 yards RT
From the #12 parking spot I walked back 100+ yards on Deer Antler Road to the corn/soy field line then northwest 80 yards to the height-of-land, where I turned southwest along the ridge line 40 yards to my chosen spot 39.28115,75.70485.


#13 (Area 6 near Twin Eagle Farms) ... drive up
No one home at #4076 Holletts Corner Road, took the liberty to walk the front yard.

#14 (Area 7 near Twin Eagle Farms) ... drive up
We drove 100 yards up the driveway at #4198 Holletts Corner Road to the fenced entrance, just as Les Webb was on his way out.
He pointed to the post on the side of the driveway as being the HP "I took the sign down for painting, I erected the sign, it reads 88.9 feet elevation", apparently surveyed by the County.
We had a nice long chat, he is very proud of his sign "I must have had 35 people come here over the years."
My GPS at sign 39.29490,-75.70404.

#15 and #16 (Area 8&9 near Twin Eagle Farms)
Mailbox #4206 is immediately beside #4198, its driveway leads south 250 yards to a new house. Russ answered the door and after the usual look "What does this guy want." He graciously gave us permission to proceed in fact he invited Rose to wait in their house .... they are both writers working on Pennsylvania's German Geneology.
#16 .... 300 yards RT
From the house I wacked through the woods southeast to a narrow open field at about 100+ Yards,. I chose my somewhat obvious HP on the east side line of bushes, 39.29237,-75.70305.
#15 .... 150 yards RT
At about 100 yards before the house I wacked easterly through the fairly dense woods 50+ yards, fighting through dense hedges before arriving at the obvious high ground (somewhat open), chose my HP at 39.29397,-75.70291.

#17 and #18 (Area 19 & 11 near Twin Eagle Farms) .... 200 yards RT for both
From mailbox #4428 0n Holletts Corner Road we drove the driveway south 200 yards to the house .... no one home so we took the liberty to walk around.
#17 .... chose my spot to the left rear of the house at 39.29293,-75.69936.
#18 .... walked 60+ yards to the open field behind the house, very subtle, randomly chose my spot at 39.29218,-75.70006.
I tried to get to #19 (to the south) but was confronted with an electrified fence.

#19 (Area 12 near Twin Eagle Farms) ..... drive up
We drove to the HR Farm entrance on Deer Antler Road (.3 miles south of Holletts Corner Road). Herman the owner was outside and new about the high point, a real nice gentleman whose wife is also named Rose. He drove me to the rear of his property right to his chosen HP at GPS 39.29055,-75.69955.
The spot was lower than ground 20 yards to the south "This is the natural HP, that ground was raised when we built the chicken coup." Herman's farm has horses, steers and chicken.

#20west & 20east (2 spots at Area 13 near Twin Eagle Farms)
#20 west .... 140 yards RT
We pulled in the field access track across the road from mailbox #4146 Holletts Corner Road and walked the fallow field 50+ yards north to the high ground at GPS 39.29676,-75.70407.
#20east .... drive up. This is the 21st Area that PB does not show.
We drove up the driveway at #4216 and found no one home, took the liberty to walk around. This ground does not look natural to me and I question why its on the list.

#2 (Area 1/2 mile SSW of Seeneytown) .... .5 mile RT
From Judith Road (200 yards south of Dinah's Corner Road) I walked a 287 compass line across the harvested corn field 400+yards to the HP at 39.19303,-75.67102.


#3 and #4 (Area 1 & 2 west Hartly) ..... 500 yards RT for both.
From Hartly we drove west on 44 for .6 miles to left onto a driveway that ended at a house at half a mile. Rich and his 2 dogs were very friendly (except the Shepherd dog kept barking).
#3 ... He knew about the HP and called it Mount Hartly. He doesn't mind high pointers walking the back field as long as its off season. Said that the HP has been surveyed at 84 feet and is the highest in Kent County, the other area near the hwy 44 (#4) was apparently surveyed at 79 feet.
I walked the 100 yards west (behind the house) with the dogs to the high ground, my spot at 39.17342,-75.73263.
#4 .... from 125 yards west of hwy 44 I walked the fallow field southeast to the high ground at about 150 yards, GPS 39.17255,-75.72418.

#5 (Area 3 east Hartly & south of #44) ... drive up
From the center of Hartly we went east on 44 for .3 miles to a right on Crystal road, then .2 mile to mailbox #206 on the right, high ground is just up/around the driveway 39.16380,-75.70643.

#7 (Area 6 east of Hartly & south of #44) .... 250 yards RT.
At 1/2 mile east of Crystal Road on 44 we parked at the delapitated package store on north side, then walked 80+ yards south on driveway #506, then left across the harvested field to the high ground, 39.16515,-75.69791.

#1 and # 6 (PB's main Area and Area 5 east of Hartly) .... 1 mile RT for both.
Just east of Crystal Road on #44 there is the paved North Road which heads east, parallel to 44 behind the houses. We drove to its dead end for the TH.
While waiting in the car Rose was paid a visit by the lady across the road. After a long chat they decided to become pen pals.
#1 .... From the TH I walked the perimeter of the plowed field northeast 400 yards to the obvious high ground, chose my spot inside a dense tree/brush line, 39.16917,-75.70143.
#6 .... I continued my line, always staying on the perimeter of the fields, 400 yards to a dense north-south tree/brush line, the Topo's high ground contour being 100 yards further east. My hand level told me that the high ground for this area was not as per the Topo but rather at the tree line, 39.17116,-75.69919.
This I believe is typical for farm land that receives constant yearly work, see the third paragraph above.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:410 ft / 124 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:visit to 21 areas
    Trailhead:3 main areas per report  70 ft / 21 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack

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