Ascent of Hickory Benchmark on 2012-03-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, March 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hickory Benchmark
    Elevation:688 ft / 209 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 3 Candidate High Point Areas, I did them in the order entered below.

AREA 3 (north of Grand Junction) ..... less than .5 mile RT.
After visiting the Fayette CoHP (Gordon Hill) we found our way to Grand Junction where we drove north on #368 for .56 miles to a right on Old Grand Junction Road, 1.74 miles to a driveway on the right. We parked at the storage building, no posted signs, the HP is due south in open grass fields.
I walked the grass track south 300 yards to the ridge then left 100 yards to the obvious HP, I chose my spot at GPS 35.06477, -89.16517.

AREA 1 (south of Hickory Valley west of hwy #18) ... .3 miles RT.
From Grand Junction we drove north on #368 for 1.68 miles to a right on #18, 5.22 miles to the crest-of-the road under a Power Line. We parked on the right just before the crest, the HP is to the left along the right-of-way.
I hopped an old fence and walked west on the grass right-of-way 250 yards to the height-of-land, then right 50 yards to the high ground. I chose my spot at GPS 35.13938,-89.13870, there is a house 200 yards to the north beyond the grass field.

AREA 2 (north of Hickory Valley west of #18) ..... .4 miles RT.
From Area 1 TH we continued north on 18 for 4.91 miles to a left on New Castle Drive (2 churches on corner), 2.42 miles arrived at Overhead Power Transmission Lines with its right-of-way, we parked on the left, the summit is to the left (west).
I walked the grass right-of-way west 300 yards to the 2nd Transmission Tower at the height-of-land, the high ground is to the right at 40 yards ..... my GPS 35.20914,-89.12997.

We moved north to the Haywood CoHP.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:238 ft / 72 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:238 ft / 72 m
    Extra Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 3 areas
    Trailhead:old grand junction road & hwy 18  600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 3 areas
    Trailhead:old grand junction road & hwy 18  

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