Ascent of Dunlap Heights on 2016-05-02

Climber: Fred Lobdell

Others in Party:None
Date:Monday, May 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dunlap Heights
    Elevation:400 ft / 121 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are two 400-foot contours on the topographic map of Ocmulgee National Monument. The southern one is the top of Dunlap Mound. As it was made by the mound builders who occupied the site a millennium or more ago, it is artificial and can not be considered for the high point. The northern area, however, appears to be a low natural hill, and is therefore the HP of the NM.

I approached from the northwest. From southbound I-75 I took exit 165 onto the beginning of I-16. Take exit 2 off I-16 onto US 80, which goes northeast and then east as Emery Hwy. and takes you to the NM entrance in about a mile. I took the entrance road to the Visitor's Center, passing over the high point en route. From the Visitor's Center I hiked north a couple of hundred feet to the beginning of the Dunlap Trail. This took me in a short distance to a large open mowed area, with the Dunlap Mound to my left front (northwest). I walked over the mound and back to the entrance road, where I turned right and walked to the high ground near the entrance. The topographic map shows the largest part of the 400-foot area to the east of the road, but I though the highest ground appeared to be in a pine grove west of the road. But I walked on both sides of the road just to be sure.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Warm and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Road, Trail, Grassy area
    Start Trailhead:Visitor's Center  370 ft / 112 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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