Ascent of Bullock 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:Bullock County High Point
    Elevation:660 ft / 201 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is an easy HP and could be a drive up if you wish. As always, I make everything into some form of hike if I can. The real journey was my trip here. I did not want to go through Union Springs so I took country Road 2 east off US 29. The thing about this part of AL is you have one of two conditions for roads. Those that are beautiful and freshly paved or being paved; and those that have not been paved since the Roman empire first created roads. OK a bit of an exaggeration but not really...

If 2 is not rural enough then enjoy coming down CR 66, it is very narrow and poorly paved but the real treat was turning south on CR 40 and heading south to the HP. The road still had a no passing yellow stripe down the middle but the grass and weeds from the shoulders had so overgrown the roadway that it was only about a 6 to 8 foot strip of asphalt left in the middle of the road. The yellow stripe down the middle of this now one way looking road was weird. But not as weird as when i drove into the nether-lands and noticed that smoke was all around. Dang, pine tree burning season I guess. A little unsettling when I realized there was still fire burning along the side of the road and the road was so narrow - was I driving into a potential fire hazard trap? Realizing this was a control burn and there was little fuel on the ground nor any wind in the sky, I continued.

Parked at the entrance to the water tower and walked down to the lower contour bend in the road and then hiked up to my car and then up to the HP. I have noted over the years the CHPs are often either a communication tower, a utility fire tank, or an old fire observation tower. At this HP you get all three! Of course, the old fire tower has been torn down and rests to the side of the water tank like a busted skeleton but the old cab is still attached.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
87F humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:walked up road to driveway
    Start Trailhead:bend in road at elevation 570  570 ft / 173 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Chewacla Day

Complete Trip Sequence:
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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