Ascent of Adams County High Point on 2015-12-19

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Adams County High Point
    Elevation:440 ft / 134 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easier than it looks. Most of the candidates area right off accessible public roads and many are on tiny closed contours. The most likely location is either of the two larger closed contours right off Dunbarton Road and the driveway to the west. True to my trip reporting, I do not detail each candidate point (I let the County Highpointers do that in their website). I am only documenting the most interesting point that has a "peakbagger" feel.

Leaving the most interesting candidate location for last and making it the "hiking" reward venture, we parked in Natchez State Park down past the dam in a little clearing where the boats launch into the man-made lake. I was most interested in this high ground because it was on public lands where one could make a nice day hike out of it and also peakbag the State Park HP. The trail shown on the USGS map is not a trail for much of the trip anymore it has been paved into a road. Touching the water's edge as a the start of a trailhead for vertical measurement, we followed the paved road past the signs that basically suggested you do not drive any further unless you had a cabin rented.

Since we were on foot, we continued. Once we stumbled across the cabins, it was clear the road deviated off the old USGS trail back where we saw a turn out with a bunch of hunting signs. Not a good time of year to be hiking once again! Venturing down the parking turn out i re-encountered the old 4 by 4 trail that shows on the USGS map. The signs were confusing but soon I realized the right side was posted no hunting and the left side of the road was hunting allowed. The meandering unpaved road-trail was thus, used as the boundary to tell hunters to stay out. You are approaching the lake where park users are.

Seeing no trucks in the area, and hearing no guns, I flipped my bright red shirt out from under my black long sleeve and wore it on the outside to be more visible just in case and I began the hike following the most right side of the road attempting to stay just inside the no hunting zone. The nice long hike was just under 3 miles and was reasonably enjoyable. We saw no hunters and no people we had the trail to ourselves.

Coming back quickly we did not want to run into anyone hunting we began to climb in our vehicle when a truck pulled up along side of us and had a dead 8 point buck sprawled out on the tailgate. It was just killed while we were out. A husband and wife were out bow hunting and took this one down. We had not heard guns because it was bow season I presume. They waited for the park warden to come by and log the kill in. The deer was shot and killed by the wife who was a young attractive blond lady pleased with her days work. Fortunately they were following the law and hunting in the proper zone right next to us. Although a nice cool day outing and hike, be advised that this approach can put you walking along the boundary of a valid hunting area so be careful.

Additional added miles, add gains, and distance was for investigating other candidate locations.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:520 ft / 158 m
    Total Elevation Loss:420 ft / 127 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
48F cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:355 ft / 108 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 190 ft / 58 m; Extra: 165 ft / 50m
    Loss on way in:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:varies see TR
    Start Trailhead:varies  250 ft / 76 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:255 ft / 77 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 90 ft / 28 m; Extra: 165 ft / 50m
    Gain on way out:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:varies see TR
    End Trailhead:varies  350 ft / 106 m
Ascent Part of Trip: LA_trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Adams County High Point2015-12-19 a520 ft / 158 m
2Winn Parish High Point2015-12-19 aa145 ft / 44 m
3Driskill Mountain2015-12-19 c95 ft / 29 m
5Gentry Hill2015-12-19 e100 ft / 30 m
6Lincoln Parish High Point2015-12-19 f50 ft / 15 m
7Richland Parish High Point2015-12-20 g40 ft / 12 m
8Orleans Parish High Point2015-12-20 h45 ft / 14 m
10(Attempt) Terrebonne Parish High Point2015-12-21 a37 ft / 11 m
11Jefferson Parish High Point2015-12-21 b80 ft / 24 m
12Plaquemines Parish High Point2015-12-21 c30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 1142 ft / 346 m    Total Trip Loss: 725 ft / 222 m

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