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Ascent of Crittenden County High Point on 2015-03-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 2, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crittenden County High Point
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:240 ft / 73 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy sandy track walk to 8 areas, with another life-example that someone is always watching over us ..... 3 miles. 1:30 hours RT.

This is our 64th Day (14th State) of our "Winter Trip 2015" and our last day in Arkansas, tonight we will travel east/overnight in Jackson, Tennessee, our 15th State.

I followed the directions in Hans Haustein/Tom Owens' excellent TRs to get to the high ground. I did the actual hike (W-E) using Tom's route, and opposite to the that of Hans. This TR talks about my experience only, all of the detail that one needs is in Hans/Tom TRs.
There are 8 candidate high point areas, the referred-to area numbers here are from PB.

We drove through the open main entrance gate to the bridge over the "old cut-off from the Mississippi River", the gate was open, no one around for permission so we decided to proceed. We drove the gravel road southeast 1 mile to the height-of-land with a sandy track on the left (GPS 35.39932,-90.12993). This is the track used by Tom, and it is clearly shown on the topo map. This is our recommended TH.

I first walked the track eastbound approx 1.5 miles to Area 4 (the most easterly, on the bluff over North Lake), about 100 yards past a road on the right signed "Turkey Roost Road". I then bushwacked 250 yards left-of-west to Area 5.
On my return to the main track, I heard and could-see through the trees an ATV with 2 guys eastbound. I figured they were they looking for me, they drove-by without seeing me.

All of the other areas I visited on my return trip, they are just off the track and with the respective coordinates are very easy to find. The woods have some thorny brush but with animal paths the going is easy.
This whole hike is basically a sand track walk.

We actually did not use the TH recommended above, we were stupid enough to drive our Dodge Caravan on the sand track .3 miles east before deciding that it was too risky to proceed any further.

When I got back to the Van after the hike, Rose asked if I had seen the ATV, "Yes but they didn't see me."
"Well they stopped to ask what I was doing, I told them that everything was opened and no one around to ask for permission."
Rod Alexander (ph 901 647 5579) was very nice, told Rose that the gate was opened because of people doing Marine Biology work, "It will be closed in a few hours."
He has had other people here for the same reason and has no problem as long as they get permission. That's when Rose asked him how to get permission .... he gave her his name/phone number, we don't know if Rod is the owner or manager of the place.
He cautioned Rose about driving out in this sand track, "Your van is not made for these roads, I'll go ahead and perhaps meet up with your husband on the way."

Rod was a prophet and knew his ground. We turned around and in less than 100 yards got "really" stuck in the sand, the underside-of-the-carriage sitting on the sand, no way to get out. Within 5 minutes a small truck pulled up from behind with a Trail Angel .... a young gentleman "Collin" was sent here by Rod, to make sure the Canadians get out OK ....how nice was that.

Collin tried to winch me out with no luck, "I'll go to the garage and get the truck, be back shortly."

And shortly it was , he was back in 10 minutes. This time he was able to pull me out. He pulled me about 200 yards before I was able to drive out in my own power. I don't know what we would have done if not for Rod and Collin, we'd probably still be there. The whole thing took less than 45 minutes. Truly beautiful helpful people.

We made a strong effort a number of times to give Collin a good tip but he'd have none of it, "If the chance comes up, return the favor by helping someone else in need."
A Trail Angel for sure, and over the years I've met a few. This to me is another example that some one watches over us .... how lucky were we to have someone there to help us out !!!!!

Collin followed us all the way back to the main entrance, he was finished for the day and was on his way home.
We drove back south to West Memphis, then I-40 east to Memphis TN, where we went to the visitors center before driving by Graceland. We do this every time we get a chance .... once again we didn't see Elvis.
We drove east to Jackson TN for the night. County High Pointing in AR for this "Winter Trip 2015" is over.

"STUPID IS STUPID DOES"
"CRITTENDEN COUNTY WAS FORMED IN OCTOBER 1825 AND NAMED FOR ROBERT CRITTENDEN, THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE ARKANSAS TERRITORY. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 50,902, ITS COUNTY SEAT IS MARION."

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:visit to 8 areas
    Trailhead:dirt road  230 ft / 70 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast



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