Ascent of Paulding County High Point on 2016-07-22

Climber: Fred Lobdell

Date:Friday, July 22, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Paulding County High Point
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked on the shoulder of the eastbound US 30 a short distance east of the entrance to the fireworks emporium. From there I walked west-northwest for several hundred feet, staying on the high ground near the fence. Then the fence line and ground obviously rose 5 to 10 feet. This is the area marked on the map on this Web site with a heavy red circle. After continuing in the same direction for 200 to 300 more feet, I then crossed the highway and walked back on the westbound shoulder for a half mile or more, passing by the old barn mentioned in previous trip reports and going as far as the entrance to another fireworks outlet, now closed.

The "naturalness" of the berms at the fence lines has been questioned, and it has been suggested that they were created by the dirt excavated from the roadside ditches. However, the berms are a good 40 or 50 feet from the ditches, and it seems unlikely to me that the excavated material would be taken that far. It would be instructive to be able to see topographic maps of the area made before the ditches were excavated. As for the relative elevations of the two areas indicated on the topo, my feeling is that the one on the south side of the highway is the higher. However, I did not have a hand level of any other means of determining relative elevations.

I thank Bob Schwab, Ben Lostracco, and John Hasch for their reports.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Start Trailhead:770 ft / 234 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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