Ascent of Adams County High Point on 2014-11-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Adams County High Point
    Elevation:1286 ft / 391 m

Ascent Trip Report

This county has 8 candidate high point areas. It took me 2 visits to get them all.
I had Bob Schwab's TR on hand but I erred in not having the proper Topo Maps with me. This report attempts to add detail and in the case of areas 1, 2, and 3, a new easier route to the summits. One must read Schwab.

VISIT 1 DATED 2014-11-09 .... successful visit to areas 4 through 8

AREA 1 & 2 .... unsuccessful
We first checked out Schwab's TH at the dead-end of Tanager Road before going to Eugene Evans' House at #2828 Churn Creek Road. As we drove up the driveway the next door neighbor approached the van, we stopped to chat, told him that we were looking for Mr Evans.
Kathy and Ronny Lynch live at house #2842.
"Yes he's at the house, talked to him this morning, I'll go with you." He proceeded to inform us the he just got out of the hospital, has a hard time walking and is looking after him.
Mr. Evans came to the door looking pretty frail. He told us that he's having some health issues, "But what can you expect when you're 81." ??? Later Ronny told me that he was 89.
He answered my request to access his land, "Yes of course you can, I am not doing anything with it. I own 27 acres all the way back to the State forest Lands." He suggested I use the road behind his house, saying that it goes a long way up the hollow and that the summit would be straight ahead. I was not comfortable with going Schwab's route without topo maps so I thought I'd check out the route behind the Evans house (even though I was skeptical).
I walked the good road behind the barn east up the hollow .4 miles to its end (I was told it was a mile ?), the main hollow continues. Nothing here, 100 yards before the dead-end a small valley heads left (north) with an obscure road. Without better info and not knowing what's ahead I decided to abort.
I thanked Mr Evans when I got back, telling him that I'd be back. Ronny said to me, "When you come back I'll go with you." Ronny and Kathy are very nice people.
My intention as I left was to study the climb this evening and come back in the morning, which I did.
PROBLEM : My visit says that Mr Evans still owns the land, conflicting with James Wedekind's report ???

AREAS 3 ..... unsuccessful
I did not have any topo maps only Schwab's TR. I followed Schwab's route and when he writes " ....... You'll go over at least one knob, depending where ......." I erred (without maps) and thought this knob was the HP, my GPS read 38.71745,-83.27595. I thought that the higher ground I saw to the east was in Scioto County. I learned of my error when I studied the Topo Maps later that evening.

AREAS 5 THROUGH 8 .... successful, 3.5 miles RT.
Schwab's report is still good, nothing to add only to say that most of the walking on the Buckeye Trail is fairly flat/easy. The trail was clear of debris and nicely maintained. The damages caused by the ice storm as reported by Schwab is visible to the side of the trail.
All of the side trips off of the Buckeye Trail to the different Areas (except Area 5) is a bushwack in nasty thorny brush, one must be dressed accordingly.
The only item that I need to point out is that the numbering that Schwab used for Areas 7 & 8 is reversed in PB.
The RT walking distance on the Buckeye Trail is 2.2 miles, the total RT walking distance including side trips (bushwacks) to the 5 Areas is 3.5 miles.

We overnighted at a Super 8 Hotel in Portsmouth, where I researched/studied/printed out the required information for Area 1 & 2 .... I found a new route from the northeast.
Also I discovered that I did not go to Area 3 and will have to go back .... I printed out the required info.

VISIT 2 DATED 2014-11-10 ..... successful visit to Areas 1, 2 and 3.

AREA 1 & 2 .... 2.6 miles, 1:10 hour RT.
This new route heads southwest, attains a ridge and goes over 4 bumps on way to the summit. An easy road walk.
From the junction of Upper Twin Creek-Rocky Fork Road and rte #125, we drove south on Upper Twin Creek-Rocky Fork Road for .7 miles to a bridge on the right (west) over the creek. There are 2 mailboxes here #9777 & 9777A (38.74238,-83.26497) The dirt road visible to the southwest leads to the HP.
We parked at 50 yards south to the left at an abandoned looking house (I went to the door and found no one home).
I walked the dirt road southwest steeply 600 yards to the first bump (38.73980,-83.26952), continued right-of-south (passing right/below the second bump) 300 yards to the road crossing where I stayed straight and climbed 150 yards to a 3-way road junction on the 3rd bump (38.73829,-83.27271), continued south passing to the right of the 4th bump with a House Trailer on top at 300 yards, then descending/ascending 550 yards westerly to a 3-way road junction at the east end of the summit ridge (38.73596,-83.27667), ascended west 200 yards to the obvious summit.
The road continues/drops south, a new hunters stand is to the right at 100 yards.
There is only one Area at this very obvious summit (not 2 Areas), I chose my spot to the right (north) of the road at 4 yards,GPS 38.73572,-83.27891.

AREA 3 .... 1.2 miles, 45 minute RT.
From the gated reservoir road at Churn Creek Road I walked east 300 yards to the Churn Creek Reservoir Dam, I went right/climbed the slope before continuing east on the steep slope about 300 yards, then southeast up the ridge 400 yards to the summit. The deciduous woods are open with little undergrowth but with some thorny brush (not an issue, easily skirted) until the route to the southeast .... a lot of dense thorny brush, animal paths eases the way along the top ridge. Choosing the easy way, slowed the going.
A number of tall trees at the obvious summit whose floor is full of dense thorny brush, I chose my spot at the largest tree 38.71700,-83.27283.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:706 ft / 214 m
    Total Elevation Loss:320 ft / 96 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:546 ft / 166 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 386 ft / 117 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:visit to last 3 areas
    Start Trailhead:churn creek/upper creek roads  900 ft / 274 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:visit to last 3 areas
    End Trailhead:churn creek/upper creek roads  

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