Ascent of White County High Point on 2018-02-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White County High Point
    Elevation:2009 ft / 612 m

Ascent Trip Report

A visit to 26 areas, allow approx. 9 hours .

This TR attempts to update/add detail to Ken Oesers excellent TR, it is not a stand alone TR, one must read Ken. This is a general view of our visit and thanks goes to the people we had to disturb.
There are 26 candidate high point areas (yes 26) and visited them as listed here, numbered a la PB.


From Crossville we drove west on Hwy #70 to the Cumberland/White County line and zeroed our odo but before doing so we drove north on Old Ridge Road to visit the 2 areas off of this road.
AREA 25 - at .75 miles north we pulled into the driveway on the left (MB#757) only to be stopped by 3 barking/menacing dogs, tried to get the houses attention with no luck. The 2000' contour for this area, located abt 150 yds behind the house is just a dot on the map and not a candidate so we left it be.
AREA 26 - is just 200 yds up the road on the left at MB#901, A new house sits on top, and its construction appears to have lopped off some of the natural ground.
IMO neither area is a candidate and need not be visited. We returned to Hwy 70.

0.00M ... Cumberland/White County Line drove westbound.

0.15M ... parked at MB #12180, house caps AREA #9 on the left at less than 100 yds, very small contour.

0.50M ... driveway on left MB#11806 leads to AREA 8. Don has owned this property for 18 yrs and he told us about a visit he said happened 13 years ago, "3 gentleman came here for the same thing, I was working on my side porch." (great memory, must have been Ken). Had a nice chat, said that this is "the" HP of White County, which he puts at 2020 feet.

0.87M ... parked at Hwy 70/Ravencroft Road JCT - my TH for The cluster of the 4 AREAS in this immediate area (3, 4, 6 & 7) plus for AREA 1. I also could not find the BM2007 at this corner. Had a nice chat with Ed and Peggy at AREA 4, they were out working on their garden. They were not aware of COHPing and had never heard of BM2007 (what happens throughout this area is that the old road criss-crosses the new 70 at a number of places, and this is one of those places). I concluded after a check of this whole area that AREA 4 is the highest and the other 3 need not be visited.
For AREA 1 I walked Hwy 70 west for 100 yds where a gated dirt road on the left goes to Area 6 at 50 yds and continues/winds south for abt a mile to AREA 1 ( a short whack at the end).
Returned to my TH and we drove north on Ravencroft Road for the 3 AREAS (13, 14 & 15) off of Ravencroft.
At .56 miles yds after Hoose Lane there is a driveway on the right that climbs to the house. The friendly lady wasn't aware of the COHP, said, "you can wander around all you want just don't disturb the animals." After checking out the 3 AREAS I concluded that there is only one candidate here and that is in front of their house at GPS 35.97106,-85.28391.
We returned to Hwy 70 and continued westbound.

1.06M ... parked at gated road on the left, leads 200yds to AREA 5. My eye level told me that this Area is lower than Area 7 and therefore need not be visited.

1.80 ... parked just before the Water Tanks on the north side of the road, our TH for the cluster of the 3 AREAS ( 10, 11 & 12) in this immediate area. AREA 10 is the highest and the other 2 need not be visited.

2.61M ... turned left onto Old Railroad Grade Road (unsigned). The other end of Ravencroft Road with a Gulf Station on corner is just 100 yds ahead.

4.45M ... turned left on Deer Run Road.

4.85M ... parked at gated dirt road on the left (35.93505,-85.28275), our TH for AREA 2 . I hiked the road as it winds/climbs north abt 1 mile, where it makes an 180 degree right-bend to the south ending at another .3 miles. A short whack (100yds) got me the summit.
We returned to Hwy 70 and went west to Eastland Road.

IMO of the 17 candidates only 6 should be retained as candidates, AREAS 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 & 10.


0.00M ... we zeroed our odo at JCT Hwy 70/Eastland Road in Derosset and drove south on Eastland.

3.29M ... Billys Branch Road on the right leads to AREA 24. We parked at .6 miles (just before e right bend). I whacked east 250 yds up the steep slope. Fairly open woods.

3.67M ... gated/posted gravel road on the left leads half a mile east to AREAS 22 & 23, an easy road walk over the 2 contours. Area 22 is lower than Area 23.

4.22M ... turned right onto Chestnut Mountain Road in Stringtown (church and cemetery on the left).

4.60M ... stayed left on Wildlife Lane at fork.

4.85M ... locked gate to AREA 18 (in the PB library as Chestnut Mountain Lookout Tower). This was my TH for 6 AREAS (16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21) in this vicinity. The Tower in now on private property ( the owners house is just beyond on the right of the tower at a good distance). I went to the house just before the gate. I was told that the owner is away and didn't think he'd have a problem, "I'd go for it."
I first hopped the gate and checked out AREAS 18 & 19, then went to AREAS 21 & 20, concluding that there is one only obvious candidate here and that is AREA 21 (the largest of the contours). At Area 20 I found a good road heading southwest which I easily followed for 1+ miles to AREAS 16 & 17 (16 a very small contour)

Of the 9 southern candidates only 4 are contenders (17, 21, 23, 24 ).

DEAR HOMELAND, TENNESSEE." ............... chorus to state song "my homeland Tennessee".

Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to 26 areas
    Start Trailhead:varies. see TR  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:visit to 26 areas
    End Trailhead:varies. see TR  

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