Ascent of Roane County High Point on 2015-10-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Roane County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1560 ft / 475 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip is the continuation of my hike to Calhoun COHP Area 2, using Michael Schwartz's route, see my Mule Knob TR. There are 3 candidate high point areas in Roane County

This is a good route, easy to follow, perhaps a bit overgrown in spots but still good after Michael's visit of 14 years ago. The worst part of the route is the .25 mile hike from Area 3 to the peak to the east, some dense/nasty thorny brush.
All of the HPs for the 3 Areas are obvious with open woods.
AREA 3 (38.63508,-81.10165),
AREA 2 (38.63032,-81.09721),
AREA 1 (38.62851,-81.09636).
From the Area 2 candidate in Calhoun County to Area 1 in Roane County is about 1.2 miles and it took me 1 hour.
I followed Michael's lead for my return. The barn is now dilapiteted, not sure if its still being used.
I made a mistake by going a bit left-of-north from the barn, couldn't find my descend road. To get to Cornell road stay right-of-north but don't go to the very north-east corner of the grass field, stay about 50 yards left. The road is somewhat hidden but its there. The very narrow road (more of a grass track somewhat overgrown) descends northeasterly, steeply towards the bottom, coming out on Camp Run Road.

The total descent, from Area 1 to my TH is about 1.3 miles, taking me 37 minutes, including the time to find the return road.

The overall RT to the Calhoun Area 2 and the 3 Roane Areas is about 3.5 miles, taking me 2:30 hours.

We overnighted at the same Pilot Truck Plaza in Sutton as last night.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:530 ft / 161 m
    Total Elevation Loss:530 ft / 161 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:430 ft / 131 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 110 ft / 34 m; Extra: 320 ft / 97m
    Loss on way in:320 ft / 97 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:woods roads to 3 areas
    Start Trailhead:Calhoun area 2  1450 ft / 441 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:210 ft / 64 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 110 ft / 34 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:woods roads to 3 areas
    End Trailhead:Calhoun area 2  1450 ft / 441 m

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