Ascent of Lincoln County High Point on 2016-01-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lincoln County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1686 ft / 513 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road and bushwhack northeast bound ...2.6 miles, 2:15 hours RT.

We came here with the plan to use the route in Michael Schwartz's TR of 2001, where he writes "......, the track road shown on topo heading south along Bearcamp Branch heads into the woods next to a house. ......". This track road is now a concrete road with an open gate, telling us that things have changed so we went to the house for information.

The house is owned by 2 sisters, Gartha Miller and Linda Dotson. I would find out that Linda is heavily into Geneology.
Gartha answered the door and after the usual niceties and understanding of the why of our presence, she said, "Why don't you come inside and talk to my sister Linda, she has more knowledge of the area than I have. Just give me a minute to take care of the dog." who kept yapping-away the whole time we talked.

After learning of my route to the summit Linda quickly suggested, "I think the shortest way is from Big Ugly." and proceeded to give me her reason for the suggestion.

They told me that a new owner purchased the land to the south and built a house up the hollow about 5-6 years ago (the year their Mom passed-away). The owner, Chase Rice, apparently somewhat protective, has pit-bulls loose on the property.
"You don't want to go there without their permission and presence." They said he was at church.
They told me the story where the police were called to the house by the house's alarm system, only to be kept away from getting to the house by the pit bulls.
Some of the local hunters are not happy with this situation.

I asked them about my back-up plan ... a route up Hunting Branch in the next hollow to the west.
"That's not a good idea, Ralph owns the house at the bottom and its doubtful that he'll allow you to pass, You have to go to Big Ugly."

Linda took out her I-Pad and we looked/discussed her suggested route on Big Ugly. It looked good, Big Ugly it will be.

I thanked them for their time, help and understanding. Very hospitable beautiful people. .... true trail angels.
Linda gave me her phone #304-369-2101, "Call me if we can be of further help."

We returned to Hwy #119, then south to its Junction with Big Ugly Creek Road (CR18), which is about 6 miles north of the Boone/Logan CO Line on #119.
We traveled west on Big Ugly, stayed right at 1.8 Miles and at 2.5 miles arrived at a gated/posted road on the right (north) at a grassy area. This point is the start of the hollow that runs northeast. The HP is at the top/right-of this hollow.
This was the road that I looked at with Linda. I didn't feel like hopping the gate so I looked-for/found my route that I describe here.

A few hundred yards further on Big Ugly is a Pipe Line right-of-way on the right, this was my TH (38.02788,-81.93007). Parking is a problem here, I parked 200+ yards up the road at a new driveway over the creek.

The Pipe Line right-of-way climbs north very steep with a fairly smooth surface, not-too-safe for my liking, especially when wet. So I whacked/climbed inside the woods to the left (west) of the right-of-away 100 yards to an overgrown woods road (38.02819,-81.93056).
This road heads northeast, climbing very gradually, along the west side slope of the hollow for about 1 mile to the drainage trench of the hollow (38.03311,-81.91974). At about .25 miles this road comes to a flat area (old quarry of sorts) with a hunter's feed station. At the east side of this flat area the road is a bit obscure and makes a sharp/short uphill left bend (38.02995,-81.92641) before resuming northeast along the slope.

At the drainage trench the road continues/turns sharply right and heads southerly along the east side of the hollow. From the drainage trench the HP is high above to the east, the woods on this side of the hollow did not look too inviting (very steep, underbrush, thorns), so I opted for a bushwhack/climb northeast up the drainage trench to the top of the ridge.
This steep climb of approx 300 yards is the worst part of the route (rough/rocky/little-underbrush with some thorns) but not bad.
Once on the ridge it is a short jaunt southeast to the HP.

I ascended my estimated 1.3 mile route in 70 minutes, backtracked in 40.

Thanks goes to Linda and Gartha for suggesting Big Ugly.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:715 ft / 217 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:old woods road/bushwhack neb
    Trailhead:Big Ugly Creek Road at pipe line right-of-way  971 ft / 295 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:70 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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