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Ascent of Macon County High Point on 2015-04-08

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Macon County High Point
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:592 ft / 180 m

Ascent Trip Report

Found entrance to Alabama State Forestry Commission and followed clay road back to large warehouse. Parked there. The roads beyond this point do not look good on the aerials but actually for a 2WD SUV are fine. I know many peakbaggers that would take their rental VW Jetta down them BUT I am NOT one them. Too rutted for me so I respected Avis and parked safely at the metal warehouse. I looked around to see if national park rangers were around to ask if I was OK hiking back there but none were to be found despite 2 trucks parked there. There are good signs to too structures back there called "House 1" and "House 2" - I have no idea what that meant.

I descended down to a small creek and called that my TH. The google aerial is good to follow. After winding towards Bar H Branch clay road and then back to the north there is a winding easterly direction and there are 3 distinct roads all heading perpendicular and due north of the main access road. To this point a SUV or high clearance vehicle would have no issues nor a big car. The Jetta was best left back where it was.

The first north drive is signed to take you to one of the "houses" whatever that means, and the third has the clear path to the highest contour so up that I went. I quickly ran into one of those nasty gates with all sorts of no trespassing signs. I am in AL with a rental car with plates from OH and it is a German make. There are hunting stands back in here. I am NOT about to hike past that gate. Disappointed, I head back but decide to try door number 2 the bumpy rugged jeep trail in between the first and third. As it appears, the trail is not gated, not signed and takes you to the very clear crest of the highpoint ridge. At the ridge I see no immediate fences or signs prohibiting heading east to go visit that CHP and National Forest HP. I do see a very tall and intimidating tree stand used to slay Bambi, but as luck would have it, it is not being used.

If one wishes to venture to the east from here the high contour can be found. I am still not sure exactly where the private and public demarcation should be; but the true HP appears to be just beyond the line. So you have your choice to stop at 580 or head east a bit further and tag 590 plus but I would recommend doing that from this un-posted line and not jump the gated line to the east.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:197 ft / 59 m
    Total Elevation Loss:122 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot
89F and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:182 ft / 55 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 167 ft / 51 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Maintenance Road
    Start Trailhead:creek crossing road   425 ft / 129 m
    Time:17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:107 ft / 32 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 92 ft / 28 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    End Trailhead:metal maintenance shed  500 ft / 152 m
    Time:12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Chewacla Day

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Chewacla State Park High Point2015-04-08 a503 ft / 153 m
2(Attempt) Macon County High Point2015-04-08 b100 ft / 30 m
3Macon County High Point2015-04-08 c197 ft / 60 m
4Pleasant hill fire tower2015-04-08 d60 ft / 18 m
5Bullock County High Point2015-04-08 e90 ft / 27 m
6Russell County High Point2015-04-08 f94 ft / 29 m
7Muscogee County High Point2015-04-08 g160 ft / 49 m
Total Trip Gain: 1204 ft / 366 m    Total Trip Loss: 715 ft / 217 m



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