Ascent of Greene County High Point on 2016-01-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Greene County High Point
    Elevation:440 ft / 134 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road walk/drive up to 5 areas .... 3.2 miles, 1:20 hours RT for the hiking section. 4:30 hours total time in the county including all of the driving/breaks.

This is our 16th day (8th state) of our "Texas Winter Trip 2016" and this year's first hike in "Sweet Home Alabama". I followed Ken Oeser's excellent TR of 2002, everything still applies except for the "One area 4 miles northeast of Mantua" .... access from the south was not available, had to look/found another.

There are 5 candidate high point areas for this county. This report adds the coordinates for these 5 areas and notes and/or route-change where necessary. It is not a stand alone TR, one must read Ken.
I numbered the areas as per PB and visited them in the order listed here.

AREA 4 (one area 2 miles southeast of Snoddy) (33.02376.-87.84838). .... 1 mile, 30 minute RT
The woods road is nicely shown on the topo, today the last 200 yards of the road is heavily rutted.
From a small white sign "Private Property" on a large tree with a huge yellow blaze at .5 miles, I wacked north 100 yards to the obvious summit with a N-S road running right over it.

AREA 5 (one area 4 miles northeast of Mantua)(33.10058,-87.89814) .... a drive up on this day (???).
We first went to Ken's south side approach where he writes, "......... and drive on the this road for 1.8 miles where pavements ends, and continue .....".
We could not continue, just beside a house to the left is lesser gated road, and straight ahead the road descends to a heavily eroded fork ... no way to continue.

We decided to check for a north side approach and as luck would have it .... success.
From Mantua (Jct #60/#208) we drove north on #208 a good distance to the stop sign at Jct #208/#183. We turned right on #208 and continued northeast for 1.5 miles to a right turn on #156, 2.7 miles east is Bailey Road on the right. The satellite image shows this road heading south to the HP so we turned onto the road and went to the first house trailer. From here the road didn't look like much so we continued east on #156.
.75 further east on #156 or 3.5 miles from the Jct #208/#156 is Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church Road on the right (large sign).

We would find out that this is a good/active logging road providing direct access to the HP. On our way out we stopped at the Church for lunch, during which time 2 huge logging trucks drove in to pick up their loads ..... confirming that this is an active logging road. As noted below this road is gated and my guess, only open during working hours... so "HIKER BEWARE".
We zeroed our odo at #156.
0.0M ... we left #156 southbound on Zion Hill Road
0.4M ... pass Church with its Cemetery.
0.5M ... passed through open gate. Luckily it was open and from the locks I could see that the gate is used.
1.7M ... fork junction (33.10009,-87.88549) stayed right (west). Logging work in progress left (south) of here where I saw 2 trucks in the distance.
2.4M ... pass smaller road on the right. I believe this is the south end of Bailey Road noted above.
2.9M ... arrive at the crest of the road. This is the HP, nothing obvious, I stomped both sides of the road. Super open summit offering great views. The whole east side has been logged out, young saplings have been planted, the west side has new 12 foot high pines.
Of the 5 this is the best/most interesting area to visit, the others have little to offer.

As noted above we stopped for lunch at the Church on the way out. We checked out the old near-by Cemetery as we often do in these situations. Headstones dating back to the early 1900. Unfortunately the Cemetery is very unorganized and very unkempt, requiring a lot of maintenance.

AREA 1, 2, 3 (three areas 1.5 miles north of Union) .... easy road walk to all 3 areas ... 2.2 miles, 50 minutes RT.
We turned onto Caroline Carpender Road (this is how it was spelled) and at .3 miles the road was cabled-off at the stop sign, number of signs "No Trespassing", "Keep Out", "Hunter only Aloud" (this is how it was spelled).
This was my TH, it's .7 miles right-of-west to the crest of the road. A road runs N-S to the 3 areas.
AREA 1 (33.01433,-87.91810) 50 yards north of the crest, obvious on the right side at large tree with orange paint.
AREA 2 (33.01579,-87.91826) 200 yards north of Area 1, at the top end (north) of grassy area, obvious at the large tree.
AREA 3 (33.00894,-87.91846) .3 miles south of the crest, past sign on-route "No Trespassing Oak Hills Hunting Club". Number of spots contend on both sides of the road. Chose my HP on the left (east).

"WE DARE DEFEND OUR RIGHTS." ....... inspired by a poem Sir William Jones.
What constitutes a state? .....
Men who their duties know,
but know their rights,
and knowing, dare maintain."

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:480 ft / 145 m
    Extra Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:visit to 5 areas
    Trailhead:various  300 ft / 91 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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