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Ascent of Lafayette County High Point on 2018-01-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lafayette County High Point
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:400 ft / 121 m

Ascent Trip Report

This TR attempts to update/add detail to the referred-to TR.

3 NORTHERN AREAS (1, 2, & 3) ... road hike/whack, 5.2 miles RT.
Hans Haustein TR is still good, I add a bit of information, one must read Hans.

From the JCT 82/29 in Louisville we went north on 29 for 8.2 miles to a left turn on CR5 (this is abt 15 miles south of the Hope, birth place of president Clinton). We zeroed our odo.
0.0M ... Left 29 westbound on CR5
1.5M ... turned right (north) on CR101
2.0M ... road turns left (west)
2.3M ... Road turns right (north)
2.4M ... Road JCT, better road turns left. Hans route, straight (north), was not driveable due the heavy rains of last few days (muddy/soft). This was my TH (33.46740,-93.65428).

In dry weather one can still drive to Hans' fork (33.47066.-93.65810). In fact in the case of Area 1 & 2 the road is perhaps driveable to the foot of the climbs.
Abt .5 miles west of Hans' fork a small grass track on left led me to the AREA 2 summit, capped with a Hunters Stand.
The whack for Area 1 has some underbrush but looking for the easy made it moderately easy.
For Area 3 a right at the fork (north) brought me to a gate and a Hunters Stand at 300 yds. I hopped a fence on the right and went north on the grass track directly to the summit.

SOUTHERN AREA (33.43753,-93.66342) ... road hike, 1.8 miles RT.
This TR details Bob Packard's "non-bushwhack route" from the south (a road hike all the way). One must read Bob.
From above we returned to CR5 and drove southwest for 2.8 miles to its JCT with CR13 on the left. We went east on CR13 for .8 miles to a 4-way xing with a lesser road. We parked here this was my TH (33.42743,-93.65952).
MB #1170 is on the corner, we went to the house (NE) to inform them of our presence.
My route is shown on the satellite imagery.

I walked the dirt road north/northwest .4 miles to a large clearing with a hunters stand (33.43243,-93.66174). The road jogs left/right and continues north .25 miles to a height-of-land where it bends/descends left (west) and climbs .2 miles to the summit area - a large grass clearing with a hunters stand on the east side next to a N-S fence line. Nothing obvious, I hopped the fence to check-out/stomp both sides.


LAFAYETTE COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1827 AND NAMED IN HONOR OF MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE, A FRENCH MILITARY HERO OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR. AS OF 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 7645, MAKING IT THE THIRD LEAST POPULOUS COUNTY IN THE STATE. THE COUNTY SEAT IS LEWISVILLE. IT IS A DRY COUNTY, THE SALE OF ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:290 ft / 87 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    Trailhead:CR5/13  350 ft / 106 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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