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Ascent of Bradley County High Point on 2018-01-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bradley County High Point
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:300 ft / 91 m

Ascent Trip Report

dense whack, xcountry to 11 areas .... 2.6 miles, 3.5 hours RT including driving.

This county has 11 candidate high point areas. I visited them all using the directions in Hans Haustein TR, which are still good after 15 years. However time has a way of changing things so this TR attempts to update/add detail only where necessary. This is not a stand-alone TR, one must read Hans.

We visited the areas south to north in the order listed here and numbered them a la PB.

AREA 4, 5, 6 & 7 (west of JCT Bradley 7N/363)
Area 4 in pasture land yds south of the fence, no one home at 457 Bradley 363 (Area 5). We approached Area 6 & 7 from the east (Bradley 7N).
We agree with Hans that Area 4 is the highest, in fact we will go as far to say that only Area 4 should be retained as a candidate, the others be removed from the list.

AREA 11
This area has had changes - the farm house is still at the northwest corner, but the vineyard west of the water tower is now occupied by 2-200yds long E-W chicken barns (doors open but both empty ????) visit ????, ). The only moving thing around was a loose goat, no dogs and no one at the house.

I took the liberty to check out the long northwest/southeast 300 foot contour. I started at the house and worked my way northwest. Impossible for me to pick "the" HP spot, lot of unnatural bumps/ground. I believe that the construction of the chicken barns has removed a lot of the high ground.
I am choosing the house area as the natural HP.

AREA 1 & 2 ... extremely thorny whack ... .6 mile RT.
This whole area has been logged in the last few years and today has head high new evergreen growth with extremely dense undergrowth full of nasty thorny brush. The ground footing is very poor, all rutted rows from the logging work. I made a huge mistake in not properly dressing for this whack (I normally wear snake chaps for this kind of whack). I came out of there with my new north face 130$ hiking pants all ruined (loose threads hanging out all over the front of the pant), not to mention my scratched/pitted/bloodied legs. "Stupid is Stupid does".

Bradley Road 8N is paved all the way west to where Hans writes, " .... . Stay on this road for .6 miles until you reach the a road going west. There is a sign at this intersection for Grice deer Club. ..."
Well, this road is Bradley 14N which Hans says to follow southwest for .6 miles to a right turn on, " .... A road going northwest .....". This is Bradley 167.
We followed Bradley 167 northwest then southwest for .9 miles to a hunters track on the right (33.69632,-92.19707). This was my TH.

I walked the track north 100 yds to a Hunters Stand, then another 40 yds north to its end at a salt-lick-trap. I whacked east 30 yds to a tall lone tree then another 40 yds to AREA 1 ((33.69796,-92.19662).

I backtracked to the salt-lick-trap and continued/whacked northwest 200 yds to AREA 2 (33.69867,-92.19878). This spot is on the edge of some taller woods to the north.

Its noted that its impossible to pick "the" spot.

AREA 3 .... thorny whack ... .2 miles RT.
From the above TH for Area 1 & 2 we went southwest on 167 for .4 miles and parked.
Area 3 is to the south at 150 yds (33.69201,-92.20151) in 15 foot tall pines with nasty dense underbrush. Similar whack as 1 & 2.

This county is easy to do, except for Areas 1, 2 and 3 - hiker beware.


"BRADLEY COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1840 AND NAMED FOR CAPTAIN HUGH BRADLEY, WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF 1812. IT IS A DRY COUNTY (NO SALE OF ALCOHOL). AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 11,094, ITS COUNTY SEAT IS WARREN. IT IS HOME TO THE WORLD FAMOUS BRADLEY COUNTY PINK TOMATO FESTIVAL.
THE FELSENTHAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, LOCATED IN SOUTH-CENTRAL ARKANSAS BRADLEY AND UNION COUNTIES, CONTAINS WETLANDS, HARDWOOD FORESTS, MIGRATORY AND RESIDENT WATERFOWL, THE WORLD LARGEST GREEN TREE RESERVOIR, AND IT HAS OVER 200 NATIVE AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES."


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:210 ft / 63 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:visit to 11 areas
    Trailhead:various  290 ft / 88 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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