Ascent of Queen Annes County High Point on 2014-12-30

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Queen Annes County High Point
    Elevation:89 ft / 27 m

Ascent Trip Report

This County required 4 visits because of my stupidity ..... a fairly easy County as long as its visited in the winter.
For my 1st visit I didn't do my usual homework. PB showed one only candidate high point area for this county (visited on my first visit), however I later learned that the shows 41 areas, and according to Chip Clark et al TR, 16 of them have to be visited in order to claim the county ..... as Arnold says "I'll be back." .
This TR uses Chip's numbering system for the different Areas. I added information to this TR after each ensuing visit.
It's noted that Chip's TR is all one needs for this County, my TR only adds information to some Areas.

VISIT #1 DATED 2013-10-27 ...... unsuccessful visit to #32.

#32 (PB's #1) .... 2 spots (southern lobe at windmill north-of Shine Smith Road and northern lobe at 89' spot elevation) + the Saw BM have to be visited.
We found our way to the corner of Pondtown Road and Burchard Sawmill/Woods Road and first looked for the Saw BM ..... northwest of the corner, the "Witness Post Survey Marker" is clearly visible, the ground however has a thick blanket of dead leaves, so it took some digging to find the BM. Once I washed it with water I was able to read "USC&G Survey, SAW 1934, No 4, 1974".
We next drove (to the northern lobe) east on Woods Road .5 miles and parked at a small farm field (corn) on the right (amid mature hardwoods), easily seen on the satellite map.
I walked south, on east side edge of the field, on an obscure woods track which enters the woods at the southwest corner of the small field (150 yards). I stomped the high ground to the right of the track just inside the woods, finally choosing my spot at 39.19385,-75.92883. On the way out I met a truck .... a hunter with 2 children was on his way to his camp.
For the 2nd spot (southern lobe at the windmill), we drove south on Pondtown Road from the Saw BM for 1.4 miles to a left turn on Shine Smith Road, then 1 mile east to a "farm entrance" on the left (if approaching from the east on Shine Smith Road it is 1.6 miles to the junction of #300/301). This "farm entrance" is the TH (the windmill is visible to the north), however I couldn't enter the area on this visit because of the crops.
We drove/checked out a few other areas before leaving the county for another day.

VISIT #2, DATED 2014-05-12 ..... the goal of this visit was to complete Queen Anne's County thereby the State, it would not happen. I ended-up with a successful visit to only 13 areas, 3 areas would remain due to access problems.

If it wasn't for the work done by Chip and his group to weed out the non players, nicely identify the spots and detail the route to the 16 required Areas, this County would be a major undertaking. So thank you all.
Even with Chip's TR, a lot time/work was required to print-out/study the topo maps for the 16 Areas.

I was able to easily/successfully visit 13 Areas (33,35,37,6,5,1,2,3,4,26,25,21 and 20), however #32 (the 2nd spot at the windmill), 13 and 19 had no access due to the new wheat/bean crops ....... it could have been worse if not for the fallow/plowed fields.

I don't have much to add to Chip's TR, only a few comments.
a) It is a very easy/enjoyable tour of farm land, nothing difficult here. Few changes have occurred over the years, new houses at a few places. We were able to access all of the Areas, knocked at 4 doors. A lot of driving.
b) Area #6 .... checked-out both sides of driveway #511 "White Chimney Farm" west of Crane Swamp Road.
c) Area #25 .... first went/walked around the small pond behind/west of the Tidewater Buildings (west of #301) then to Safety Drive east of #301 (large solar panel field on southern lobe, south of high ground).
e) Area #20 .... only Area requiring some bushwacking (checked out both sides of Neighbors Road).
f) In all cases it was easy to identify the Area but not "the" HP", nothing obvious, in places I found more than one candidate, very subtle .... had to check/wander-around some to satisfy myself. Chip's TR coordinates in a few places did not match mine.
g) It took us about 6 hours, a lot less than my preparation.
h) Made a mistake in not listening to Chip when it comes to access issues, "Plan your visit to this County accordingly" ????? I will have to come back after the harvest ..... not a happy camper.

VISIT #3 DATED 2014-11-15 ..... successful at 2 areas but not on the 3rd, requires another visit.
This is our 17th day of our 19 day county high pointing trip in Ohio and Maryland. We came back today to this county for the 3rd time by taking a long detour on our way home from county high pointing in Ohio, confident that we would complete Maryland. A big disappointment awaited us .... surprisingly the bean field at Area 32 (at the windmill) was not harvested and therefore not accessible (??? it's mid November ???). I was able to access only the HPs of Area 13 and 19 (both in harvested wheat fields and where the actual HPs are not obvious).
Area 13 ... farm track on the north side of the road goes into the contour, nothing obvious. I tramped both side of the track visiting a number spots (contenders).
Area 19 ... nothing obvious, we walked the area north of the road and the area on the sides of the driveway that leads to the 3 houses (MBs 1100). Chatted with a young lady and her dog, she wasn't aware of the HP. As Chip reports, this area is not a contender.

"In order to to do what you want to do, you got to do what you got to do." so as Arnold says, "I'll be back."

VISIT #4 DATED 2014-12-30 .... successful visit to the southern lobe of Area #32 (at the windmill), thereby finally completing this County.
We are on our "TEXAS WINTER TRIP 2015", this is our 2nd day (drove through 5 States so far).
The plan is to county high point down the Atlantic Coast to SC, then west on the I-20 corridor to Texas, visit family in Texas before continuing across Texas to the High Plains Region where we will visit out grandson Brice at Texas Univ in Lubbock.
The return trip will take us back east across Texas to Arkansas and Tennessee, north through Kentucky/West Virginia/Ohio/Pennsylvania/New York, entering back into Canada at Buffalo. The return trip through Ohio and Maryland will hopefully complete the County High Points of these 2 states.
??????? I initially thought I was coming back to this county today to complete MD ..... not the case. This past month there has been a lot of talk on the COHP.ORG chat site about ALLEGANY COUNTY .... its western boundary has been moved to the west, thereby changing the COHP to Sampson Mountain, as of this date it appears that 3 areas need to be visited (not yet resolved). My plan is to visit them on the return trip thereby completing MD.

Finally an open harvested bean field. We parked on Shine Smith Road 120 yards east of the "farm entrance" (for the driving directions see my First Visit) at GPS 39.18476,-75.93567, a telephone pole is on the north side of the road.

The windmill is seen to the north in the open field at approx 350 yards and 100 yards beyond the windmill are the woods. There is no obvious HP here and after walking the area my not-too-reliable eye-level told me that 3 spots vie for "the" HP. The 3 spots are somewhat obvious in the open field.
#1) Near the windmill at 39.18799,-75.93512.
#2) 100+ yards southeast of the windmill at 39.18676,-75.93449.
#3) 40 yards north of my parking spot near the telephone pole.
If I had to pick a spot it would be #2.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:54 ft / 16 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to 1 area completes County
    Trailhead:Shine Smith Road  75 ft / 22 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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