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Ascent of Union County High Point on 2013-11-10

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Sunday, November 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Union County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

You could bag the five locations pinpointed on cohp.org and still miss the strongest candidate for the Union COHP—a boulder next to the sidewalk at 2612 Old Monroe Road in the same contour as the Guon benchmark.

I went twice to all the candidates to compare them visually and by GPS altimeter. Admittedly, neither of those methods is precise, so you should still visit the cemetery at Pleasant Plains Church, the open field two lots east, the construction yard on the other side of Pleasant Plains Road, and the tiny contour in the Community Park neighborhood.

That leaves the Guon benchmark, which is in the largest of the 780 contours and includes the crest of Old Monroe Road and several properties, including a bar, an Exxon station and a car wash. When you walk from the vicinity of Guon BM to the sidewalk on Old Monroe Road, there’s no doubt you’re gaining altitude.

At the highest point on the sidewalk, it was a bonus to find a large embedded boulder just off the sidewalk that rises about 2 feet and appears to be natural. Then I found confirmation when I registered my completion on peakbagger, which boldly circles the boulder’s location as the most likely COHP.

From the Charlotte beltway (I-485), Old Monroe Road is Exit 52. Heading southeast, you'll climb a hill as you enter Union County and the Stallings city limit. The HP is on the right as the hill crests. Pull into the car wash on the right and follow the sidewalk back to the boulder.
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