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Ascent of Aiken County High Point on 2015-01-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Aiken County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

This will be a full day with 3 Counties on the agenda, a total of 17 areas. Today's 3 counties are big peach producers.

For Aiken County PB shows 10 candidate high point areas vs only 6 for COHP.ORG, all off of Hwy #1. We started at the south side working our way north and it was only at the north end when we got to the Aiken/Saluda County Line sign (33.87140,-81.57912) did I learn "why the difference" .... the County Line as shown on the topo is not as per the ground conditions, the line crosses the road much further south at hwy #1, thereby eliminating 4 PB candidates (#2, 3, 5 & 6).

I have numbered the areas in accordance with PB with the corresponding COHP.ORG number in parentheses and visited them as listed below.
In all the areas, the high ground may be obvious but not "the" HP.

From I-20, exit 22, we drove north on Hwy #1 about 14 miles to the town of Monetta, junction of #1/39.

AREA 9(5) - (33.84090,-81.61178) ..... the area is on the west side of the highway behind house #5411, .37 miles south of the #1/39 junction, permission is required.

AREA 10(6) - (33.83885,-81.59820) ..... from #1/39 we drove south on #39 for .75 miles to a left on Pine circle at the Coleman Thankful Baptist Church. I walked Pine Circle and the area behind the houses.

AREA 8(4) - (33.84621,-81.60593) ..... 200 yards northeast of #1/39 is Walden road on the right, the high ground is between here than Sawyer road to the north. The best access is from Sawyer Road.

AREA 7(3) - (33.85004,-81.60264) ..... we continued northeast on #1 for.3 miles to Cato Road on the right. just ahead across the road are 2 houses that looked abandoned (no one home). I walked their back yard area.

AREA 5 (33.86782,-81.58739)
AREA 6 (33.86625,-81.58883) .... I later discovered these areas are outside the County and not need not be visited. From Cato road we continued 1.5 miles to a farm road crossing and parked. Sign "C&E Farms" on right. I walked a loop (1+ mile) in peach orchards, the sandy road north to #5 then southwest to #6 and back to TH.

AREA 4(2) (33.86921,-81.57901) .... .36 miles north at the bend a peach orchard is on the right, we parked here. I walked east 100 yards inside the orchard.

AREA 1(1) (33.87150,-81.57798) ..... .2 miles north are the signs "Saluda/Aiken County". Just past we turned onto Agape Trail and drove east and parked at 150 yards. We chose our spot to the right.
We went to the house left (north) of our car. The guy who answered the door told me that his house is in Saluda County and his garage (located between the house and and my car) is in Aiken County.

Didn't go to PB's #2 & 3. We moved on to Saluda County.

"AIKEN COUNTY AND ITS COUNTY SEAT OF AIKEN WAS NAMED AFTER WILLIAM AIKEN, WHO WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROAD COMPANY. THE COUNTY WAS ORGANIZED IN 1871 AND AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 160'099."


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:visit to 6 areas.
    Trailhead:Hwy #1  630 ft / 192 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack



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