Ascent of Clermont County High Point on 2011-03-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, March 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Clermont County High Point
    Elevation:984 ft / 299 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Clinton County HP in New Vienna area we traveled west on 28 to Blanchester, where we turned left onto 133 and followed it southwest for abt. 3 miles to a left turn on Morrow Woodville Road (pass Warren County Line just before). We drove southeast (road changes name to Lucas Road) for 1.5 miles to the crest of the road with a white house on the highground to the right (this just a few hundred yards past #9 Road). I agree that the high spot for Area 1 is at the house. I did not go to the house but should have to discuss the location of the County Line.
Everything to here is exactly as reported in Bob Schwab TR of 2002, however as noted in this report I am questioning the location of the County Line on the google map. As a starter the County Line sign is .1 miles further down the road.

Area 2 .... Following Schwab's report I first went to Goodwin Road. We drove back to #9 Road then right (northeast) .25 miles to Goodwin Road on the left. We drove northwest on Goodwin (past the long driveway on the right with mailbox #6980 and the crest of the road at map contour 980) for .17 miles to the first house #7000 on the right.
Bill Weathers the owner was at the mailbox for his mail. We had a long chat and knew that this area is highground of the County, we walked to the rear of his property and he brought his neighbor, Chester, into the conversation. From this vantage point this area's highground appears to be at the east side of his property (higher than PB's location to the west, more on that later).
I learned/concluded here:
a) Bill pays his house #7000 taxes to Clermont but his shed (at 60 feet behind his house) is payed to Brown County. Chester's house #7004 and rear buildings are all paid to Clermont.
b) This means that the County Line location has to be immediately east of Bill's house, and therefore google map locates the Line too far to the west.
c) If b) is correct than the County Line does not go through Day's front lawn in Area 1 as reported by Schwab but perhaps more in line with the County Line sign .1 mile down the road.
d) A maintenace sign on #9 Road confirms that the County Line is further to the east.
From Goodwin Road we returned to Lucas Road and drove back north to the second driveway to the right (with 2 entrance pillars) , Mailbox #3736. We drove northeast up the long driveway to the house, men working at the garages to the left, just behind/east is a natural fed pond.
Greg Nause and the owner is well-aware that the highground is beyond/east of the pond, in fact he believes this to be "The" highground of the County, he wasn't aware that Area 1 was a candidate. I gave him all the info I have, including my visit/findings at Bill Weathers, from this vantage point I couldn't say if Weathers' property is higher. Hopefully someone with better instruments can identify "The" high area.
The whole property from the house/garages to Goodwin Road to the northeast is bare ground except for a 60-70 yards wide grass swath behind the pond. Google map starts the 975 foot contour at the house. If this is correct then the highground would be at about 980 feet.
Greg allowed me walk out to the highground, I walked a slight upgrade along the edge/right side of the grass swath 300 yards northeast to the obvious highground of this immediate area, about 50 yards west of the PB coordinates.

Based on my ground observations and the fact that the 975 foot map contour of Area 2 is much larger than Area 1, I concluded that the highest ground is at Area 2.

From here we moved on south to Brown County, the last county of the day.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:14 ft / 4 m
    Elevation Loss:14 ft / 4 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:14 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:grass walk from lucas road
    Trailhead:lucas road  970 ft / 295 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:14 ft / 4 m
    Route:grass walk from lucas road
    Trailhead:lucas road  970 ft / 295 m

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