Ascent of Guernsey County High Point on 2014-08-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Guernsey County High Point
    Elevation:1320 ft / 402 m

Ascent Trip Report

My source of information was Bob Schwab and Richard Oestreichr TRs. The aim of my report is to update/give full detail to 2 Areas in the order listed below. I did not go to the 3rd Area as suggested by Bob,

AREA 2 ... a drive up with a bushwack.
We approached from the north. From I-70 exit 293, we traveled south on #513 for 6.8 miles to Quaker City where we picked up #265 and continued east for 2 miles to left turn onto Baker Road, 2.3 miles northeast turned left (north) onto a long driveway signed "Dale and Valerie Douglas". This is Belmont County and the signed County Line is a few hundred yards before this driveway at the sharp left-bend in the road.
The property (with a house and garage) is all open grass with the garage sitting on the highest ground just left (west) of the driveway. A line of north-south trees/brush (which I was told is the County Line) is a few yards behind the garage.
The young lady answered the door with 2 barking/ferocious-looking dogs, "I can't give you permission, this is my boyfriends house. You'll need to go to his grandfather's house down the road." She gave us the directions.
We drove down the road .5 miles to a right turn at a stop sign, then south a short distance to the first farm house (white house), Norman Douglas was on his tractor, we had a nice long chat, he had no problem with me using his property to access the HP. He has 4 boys, one which works in the same ferro-alloy plant in Marietta OH that worked at, back in the early nineties.
We returned to the HP. The brush behind the garage is dense and full of briars. In order to ensure the HP I walked/fought my way west 25 yards to where the ground definitely slopes away, at 4 yards there is an open north-south swath. No fun.

AREA 1 ... dirt road walk, 1.6 miles, 45 minutes RT.
We drove/returned back to #265 and drove east 2.5 miles to the intersection of #265/#147 , then backtracked west on #265 for .5 miles to a Construction Road on the right (north) side of #265. A new Gas Pipeline is being constructed (clearly shown on the google Satellite image). This was my TH.
I walked/climbed the dirt Construction Road north/northeast to the County Line where it bends left (north) along the County Line directly to the obvious summit (about .8 miles from TH).
I could not exactly locate the County Line, so I walked east-west ensuring the high ground.
The road construction has leveled off some of the high ground, a 6 foot high dirt berm has been created left of the road. I chose a spot on the road at 39.96136,-81.23431.

"CARPE DIEM, QUAM MINIMUM CREDULA POSTERO (seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future)."

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:340 ft / 103 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:vist to 2 areas
    Trailhead:baker road & hwy #265  980 ft / 298 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack

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