Ascent of Jackson County High Point on 2014-11-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jackson County High Point
    Elevation:1040 ft / 316 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nasty bushwack in tall thorny brush .... .7 miles, 45 minutes RT.

We found our way to the junction of Overly Road and Wickline Road in Pike County, this junction is 200 yards west of the Pike/Jackson County Line and north of Jackson Lake. The Jackson COHP is to the northeast of this junction. In my research I found a route from the northwest of the HP which appeared easier and straight forward than those reported in other TRs, and I would find out that this County would be a very easy climb it not for the summit conditions "BE PREPARED".

From the above junction we drove north on Wickline Road for .25 miles to an old/overgrown quarry road on the right, just ahead to the left is the main entrance to Southern Ohio Sand Quarry. We parked here, this was our TH. The HP is to the east.

I walked the overgrown road northeasterly 75 yards to a rutted sandy road on the right that climbs steeply east 75 yards (straight ahead is a cliff face). I turned left (northeast)and went horizontally 125+ yards to a sharp right turn, where a rutted sandy road climbs (southeast) very steeply 250+ yards directly to the summit area.

The summit area is full of nasty/tall thorn bushes and briars. A real messy challenge, not to be underestimated. Luckily I was expecting these conditions and was therefore dressed accordingly.
I found the best way through these conditions is to step forward and stomp the brush ahead of you with each step and breaking the odd thorny vine with you hands, thereby creating a path.... a slow process but it works. After fighting my way around I located the HP coordinates given in PB (39.10604,-82.79266) which I found to be the highest point on its longitudinal line.
The higher ground is definitely to the west in Pike County, so I fought my way west and chosen what I considered the highest point of the area at coordinates 39.10604,-82.79285. I pink taped both of these spots.

Satisfied with my effort I fought my way out of the area and descended back to the TH without a scratch, unlike yesterday's experience at Vinton County where Rose said to me as I came out, "What happened to your face?" .

We moved on to Ross County.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:290 ft / 88 m
    Total Elevation Loss:290 ft / 88 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:overgrown road with nasty thorny wack
    Start Trailhead:wickline road  750 ft / 228 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:290 ft / 88 m
    Route:overgrown road with nasty thorny wack
    End Trailhead:wickline road  750 ft / 228 m

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