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Ascent of Limestone Knob on 2016-03-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, March 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Limestone Knob
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1435 ft / 437 m

Ascent Trip Report

COHP.ORG names 3 candidate high point areas for this county, I went to all three areas, over a 2 day period, all as per this one only TR.

AREA 1 .... LIMESTONE KNOB (southwest of Moorehead)
AREA 2 .... SAND MOUNTAIN ( north of Moorehead on the Rowan/Fleming county line).
AREA 3 .... 3 miles northeast of Sand Mountain.
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FIRST DAY (2016-03-16) went to Area 2 and 3.

AREA 2 ... See my Sand Mountain TR.

AREA 3 .... a forest road/track with thorns northbound .... 2 miles, 1:10 minutes RT.
Once again I used Ken Oeser's TR which is still good. This TR attempts to update/add information, and one must read Ken.

From JCT #377/Clear Fork Road we went northwest on the paved Clear Fork Road for 4.3 miles to a gated forest road on the right #FR 1261, signed "Foot Travel Welcome, closed to motorized vehicles". This was my TH (38.30936,-83.48357). Lots of room to park in front of the gate.

We first went to the last house #4500 on this road .2 miles up the road, past the barns. The lady (not the same one as at Ken's visit) was not aware of the HP or trail access to it, "Maybe the trail down the road will take you there." She had no problem with me parking on her property.

I walked the road north up the Hollow .5 miles, immediately crossing the creek (38.31575,-83.48327), I then went west 50+ yards and picked up a track that climbs the steep ridge north .5 mile to the summit. The track eroded by the rains at the steep section is clearly shown on the satellite image. At the top of the steep section at 200+ yards (38.31790,-83.48490) the track eases a bit and comes to a fork. I first went left and found really dense/thorny stuff, so I came back to the fork and went right, with less but not without thorny brush.

I chose my HP at a large rock cairn (38.31985,-83.48710).
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SECOND DAY 2016-03-17 went to area 1. .... road/trail westbound .... 4 miles, 1:35 hours RT.

Ken Oeser's TR of 2003 for LIMESTONE KNOB is still good, but as we know time has a way of changing things. This TR attempts to document those changes, one must read Ken.

With Ken's driving directions we got to the TH (38.13486,-83.45555), I then walked the winding road westbound 2 miles to the summit. When I got to a small clearing I could see the Knob straight ahead to the west, less than 100 yards further-on I found the signed Limestone Trail on the right(somewhat obscure and easily missed if you are not looking for it) ..... a weathered wooden sign "Limestone Knob, elev 1435 ft, High Point of Rowan County", my GPS 38.13761,-83.47470, I added a small cairn on top of a flat rock, ahead on the left is a trail #100 post.
The small trail climbs/winds steeply northwest, about 200 yards to the top.

The obvious wooded Knob has 2 BMs "USGS, LIMESTONE, 1949", the views are limited through the trees.
There is a Plastic Canister hidden under a small rock cairn with a lot of trinkets. The last Register entry before mine was Jared Taylor. It appears this summit is a popular destination.

"YOU'LL NEVER SUCCEED IF YOU DON'T TRY AGAIN."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:285 ft / 86 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:road/trail wb from FR964
    Trailhead:Gate at end FR964  1150 ft / 350 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail



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