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Ascent of Wood County High Point on 2015-03-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wood County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1328 ft / 404 m

Ascent Trip Report

visit to 2 areas .... 2.6 miles, 1 hour RT.

I used Levi Foust/Fred Lobdell's TRs, this report attempts to add a few details.

The Gated Road on the south side of Hwy #50 is 14.2 miles east of I-77 in Parkersburg (200 yards east of the County Line). On the north side of Hwy #50 is Burning Springs Mine Road which is the road for Buzzard Rocks.

The easiest way to the northern area ... from the gate walk the road southerly about .5 miles to the second fork, a sign here reads "First Oil". Stay left and continue south 140 yards and turn right (before the crest-of-the-road) and climb/wack the steep embankment (west) less than 40 yards to the obvious HP (39.24824,-81.27174) ... wooded with minimal thorny brush to deal with, easy, only problem "where is the county line".

The southern area is at about 1.15 miles from the gate .... the easiest route to the HP, is to stay straight with the Power Line at the third fork, about 150 yards before/below the knob, and follow the Power Line directly to Fred's Tuliptree on the right.

The plan for today was to visit Pleasants COHP using Michael Schwartz's TR, before going to the Ritchie COHP. Nutter Farm Road was closed at hwy #50, so we left it for another day and moved-on to Ritchie.

"WOOD COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1798 AND NAMED FOR JAMES WOOD, A BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR WHO WAS THEN THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA (1796-99). AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 86,956 MAKING IT THE FIFTH-MOST POPULOUS COUNTY IN THE STATE. ITS COUNTY SEAT IS PARKERSBURG."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:148 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:road/wack sb to 2 areas from hwy #50
    Trailhead:gate at Hwy #50  1180 ft / 359 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack



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