Ascent of Carter County High Point 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:Carter County High Point
    Elevation:1307 ft / 398 m

Ascent Trip Report

A visit to 8 areas .... 5 miles of hiking, 5 total hours including the driving.

I followed the directions in Bill Schuler's TR and successfully visited the 8 areas but not without a few problems.

This TR attempts to clarify my problem areas. First, the distances given in Bill's TR did not match mine, but that is understandable because it all depends where one zeroes his odo at I-64, exit 156. The referenced Mile Markers are from Bill's TR, which one must read. The hiking distances I provide are estimates only.

00.0M ... we zeroed our odo at I-64, exit 156 and went north on #2
10.1M ... Road Y's, I went right as per Bill.
10.2M ... Parked as per Bill for Area #1 and got all confused, nothing looked right. Area #1 was a good distance to the west. We checked out the area and what follows are our findings. We went back to the main road.
10.1M ... Road Y's. We went left and continued west 100 yards where the road makes a sharp left (southwest) on Flat Rock Road (locals confirmed this name). At this bend is house #3598 on the right which we thought was the owner of the Area 1 (not so).
10.4M ... house #1972 is on the right (no mailbox) and are the owners of AREA #1 (a county TRI-POINT). On the left is a post which used to have the county sign (apparently stolen), the road name changes to Campbell Branch. The couple was at the barn behind the house (didn't get the name). They had no problem with me walking to the HP (250 yards north of the road). The land has been in the lady's family for 200 years. The TRI-POINT offers a superb panorama. The lady's sister owns house #3598 (referred-to above).
10.5M ... JCT Campbell Branch Road/Dry Branch Road. Parked here as did Bill. AREA 2 & 3 are to the south as reported by Bill. Its obvious that Area 3 is definitely lower in elevation than 2. One can not locate the exact County Line, however based on the info on hand I concluded that Area 3 is not a candidate high point.
We continued driving south on Campbell Branch.
13.2 ... Parking area. In front of a red gate, posted "NO Trespassing" (38.29823,-83.33418). I followed Bill footsteps and did the remaining 5 areas from here.
I walked a woods road southwest .4 miles to AREA 4, then 100 yards to AREA 5. Logging work presently in progress south of this ridge. From here I followed Bill to the 3 southern areas, however his distances are way-off and Rose wasn't happy with my tardiness (she doesn't like it when I don't meet my ETAs).
I descended a few hundred yards through the messy logging area, where I picked up a good woods road southbound over a N-S ridge to low area (38.29154,-83.32865) about .5 mile from Area 4. The road continued southeast (heading away from my HPs). I knew I was going to be late and I pondered the thought of turning back at this point. I continued on following Bill.
In about 300 yards I attained the ridge, turned right followed the ridge (county line) westbound to the 3 Areas. Once on the ridge I went southwest/west .5 miles to AREA 6, .1 mile west to AREA 7, then south .25 miles to AREA 8 ( 2 miles from the TH). Easy but much longer than Bills' estimates. The RT of 4 miles took me 2:05 hours (I had given rose 1:30 hours max).


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1127 ft / 343 m
    Extra Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:visit to 8 areas
    Trailhead:various  1180 ft / 359 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack

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