Ascent of Athens County High Point on 2014-08-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Athens County High Point
    Elevation:1072 ft / 326 m

Ascent Trip Report

The approx. data for the visit to the 16 areas is ..... 5.5 miles RT, 1300' ascent and a 9 hour day.

My source of information was Bob Schwab's TR which still applies today. We High Pointers need to thank Bob for his detailed/excellent work. The purpose of my report is to update/add-information to only the Areas listed below, the others in my opinion don't need anything.
The following Areas do not stand alone, one needs to first read Bob.

AREAS 1 & 2 .... 1.8 miles RT for both Areas.
From Nelsonville, hwy intersection of business #33 and #278, we traveled west on 278 for 2 miles to house #714 on the right (dark green metal roof house with a 2 door garage), mailbox #714 is to the left besides a telephone pole. This was my TH.
I went to the house to inquire about access to the High Points.
"You got to do what you got to do", was the reply. He informed me that the wide paved space just past his driveway was on his property. He allowed us to park there.
From the TH I entered the woods to the south, tall brush/trees (this was once a driveway) and in 50 yards arrived at the remains of a house (brick walls with no roof). To its right is an old track (wet and overgrown with a number of fallen trees across it) that climbs fairly steeply south .25 miles to the ridge at a T-Junction with a left-right overgrown track.
For AREA 1 I turned left (east) as the track climbs 250 yards to the obvious summit. Care is required to stay on the track, especially on the return.
For AREA 2 I returned to the T-Junction and continued southwesterly as the track ascends 300 yards to an overgrown open area. This section is also overgrown with fallen trees, at places I found it easier to stay off the track and go inside the open woods.
At the open area I stayed straight (magnetic southwest) and bushwacked 100 yards to another left-right track. I turned left and followed the track .3 miles southerly to the summit. About 200 yards before the summit this track meets-up with a better track coming in from the left.
The somewhat obvious summit is amid huge dead fall.

AREA #10 .... 100 yards RT.
From the crest-of-the-road I scrambled up the steep embankment to the left (west) and continued/wacked 40 yards before coming back and concluding that the HP is at the top of the embankment. Bob's reported fence is no longer here.

AREA #11 ... 1.2 miles RT.
Bob's "old abandoned house" still look abandoned today but it is no longer. John lives there as the caretaker of the property which includes the land across the road with the HP. He has 11 miniature horses to look after.
After asking for access he said, "I've never been there, I'll go with you."
As soon as he unlocked the gate at the road a number of horses came to say hello.
We followed the ridge line generally south .6 miles to the summit, going over 2 bumps on the way. Except for the first few hundred yards the route is all tall grass with briars in places and fairly dense woods. Picked up a good animal path after the second bump. Had to negotiate a second gate and a few electrified fences.
The obvious summit is wooded.
We crossed an old broken fence on the way up the last bump. Bob said that the HP area is not on his property.

AREA 15 & 16 ..... .5 miles RT for both areas.
Mr. Linscott is in a wheelchair and on this day had a young lady attendant. He was sitting inside the side door, looking out. He seemed to remember "mowing a path for Bob". He gave me permission to go on his property, saying, "Enjoy your hike",
We parked on the road 100 yards past his house.
I ascended 150 yards northwest steeply to #15 beautiful open summit, then went west and entered woods (hopped a fence) where I found the good track at 20 yards. I followed the track southwest 200 yards to the wooded #16 summit .... at the large tree.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1270 ft / 387 m
    Elevation Loss:1270 ft / 387 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1270 ft / 387 m
    Extra Loss:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:visit to 16 areas
    Trailhead:varied  702 ft / 213 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:370 ft / 113 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to 16 areas
    Trailhead:varied  702 ft / 213 m

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