Ascent of Lexington County High Point on 2014-10-20

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Monday, October 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lexington County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:669 ft / 203 m

Ascent Trip Report

All six locations are easy to visit, but I'm confident that the only one you need is the firetower.

The USGS maps can be confusing because they change from meters to feet in this vicinity. However, Lexington County now has GIS maps online with four-foot contours that clearly show the firetower as the highest point. It has a large 676 contour and is probably close to 680. The closest contenders are two small contours in mobile home parks on opposite sides of Sandpit Road, COHP Areas 4 and 5, which barely reach 672. Areas 2 and 6 are 668, and Area 3 is 664.

Heading from Columbia and Lexington into Batesburg-Leesville on US1, turn right (north) onto Windmill Road, go one block, turn left onto Old Columbia Road, and then turn right onto the driveway for the cellphone tower. Park at this tower and walk north through the woods to find the derelict firetower on the summit. The bottom flight of stairs has been removed, lest ye be tempted.
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LiDAR for Lexington SC COHP, firetower site, showing the 676 summit contour. Other candidates do not top 672. The 676 spot NW of the tower is manmade. (2014-10-20). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:664 ft / 202 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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