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Ascent of Muhlenberg County High Point on 2018-03-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Muhlenberg County High Point
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:760 ft / 231 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy woods track with short whacks for a 1.5 mile loop hike over 3 Areas ... 45 minutes total.

I came here with Ken Oeser's TR and is all one needs, however one only minor update is required (the permission issue).

We went to the brick house for permission (on hwy #973 .3 miles west of Rosewood Road), MB#1462 (Yonts). We went to the side door after getting no answer at the front door. The frail Mrs Yonts slowly came to the door, no clue about the highpoint, in fact she wasn't too sure about the boundary lines of her property, "I think I own all the land west of Rosewood." - her husband passed away years ago.
She had no problem with me going to the HP.
I came out of there thinking that future Highpointers may have to deal with new owners???

My hiking route was more or less the same as that of Ken's. I provide an updated route for my loop hike.
From #973 we drove Rosewood Road northbound for 1 mile to the 4th bend (Ken's start). The road here is very narrow, no place to park - 50 yds north of the bend on the right is a small farm entrance. We parked here, this was my TH (37.08978,-87.10940).

I walked south back to the bend, entered the woods and picked up a grass track (old broken fence line on the right) that climbs south 250 yds to the ridge, where I turned right and picked a better track that follows the ridge westerly abt .5 miles to AREA 3.

The track continues northwest 200 yds where it bends right just before the high ground for AREA 2, which is over a broken fence line on the left at 50 yds.

From Area 2 I bushwacked the ridge northeast 300 yds in open woods to AREA 1 (yards beyond to the north is a fenced-in pasture). I can not say which of the 3 Areas is "the" highest.
Here I decided not to backtrack but rather do a loop hike.

I bushwacked left-of easterly staying outside the pasture fence, at about 300 yds I picked up an old obscure track that descended east 400 yds to Rosewood Road, coming out 100 yds north of my TH, for a 1.5 mile loop. I should note that I had some thorny brush to deal with at places.

Rose had a quiet wait, 3 cars went by with no one stopping.


"MUHLENBERG COUNTY WAS FOUNDED IN 1798 AND NAMED FOR PETER MUHLENBERG, A COLONIAL GENERAL DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS IT HAD A POPULATION OF 31,499 WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 479 SQUARE MILES, ITS COUNTY SEAT IS GREENVILLE.
THE COUNTY IS HOME TO KENTUCKY'S FIRST COMMERCIAL COAL MINE, WHICH OPENED IN 1820. IT REMAINS A MAJOR COAL PRODUCING REGION OF KENTUCKY."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:280 ft / 85 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:woods rd/whack loop from rosewood rd
    Trailhead:Rosewood Road  580 ft / 176 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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