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Ascent of Henderson County High Point on 2015-03-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by rose
Date:Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Henderson County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:700 ft / 213 m

Ascent Trip Report

Go to Tom Owen's TR for the details, this TR only attempts to add information where necessary. There are 4 candidate high point areas, I have numbered them a la PB.

As noted by Tom, the 3 northern areas (1, 2 &3) are very obvious/easy to visit ... the southern one (area 4) I found to have some access issues.

AREA 1
I went looking for the BMs ....the topo map shows 2 BMs in this area, I found both of them plus a 3rd one.
I first went to main summit of Area 1 and found 2 "Witness Post Survey Markers", my feeble effort to find the BM failed.
I then went-to/found the BM immediately to the north at 40 yards (in a triangular road junction east of Hwy #114), "AMS 232, 1946, US-TVA" embedded in a square concrete pedestal at GPS 35.78498,-88.27511.
I walked up the Hwy 150+ yards and found (on the west side of the hwy) a Witness Post Survey Marker with my 2nd BM "AZIMUTH MARK USC&G NATCHEZ 1959" at GPS 35.78668,-88.27485 with an arrow pointing to the south ... telling me that there must be another BM.
So I went back to main summit of Area 1 and after some digging/removing-layers-of -rotted-leafs found my 3rd BM "USC&G NATCHEZ 1959" at GPS 35.78448,-88.27528. Its surface at ground level .... I should note that the top map does not show a BM on this summit.

From Area 3 we continued south on Hwy #114 for 1.2 miles to the Natchez State Park's Lodging Center and found the NATCHEZ TRACE LOOKOUT TOWER, unfortunately the Tower is not accessible as the first flight of stairs has been removed. To its west at 30 yards (across a road) is the BM "US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BM TT75MN, 1935".

AREA 4
We drove north on McEarl Lane/Tennessee Valley Divide for .5 miles to a car parked in the center of the road, blocking further access (I would find out later that the drivable road ends in 200 yards at a cottage). I went to the house on the right side, the young man, Daniel, told me that it was his car, this is a private road and the whole area belongs to his dad (not at home). It appears that this house is just inside Henderson County.
After some reflection he allowed me to park on the road and proceed on foot.
I walked the extremely wet/muddy/rough road approx .9 miles to the high ground, there was logging work in progress in last quarter mile.
There are 2 candidate bumps about 100 yards apart and both beside/right of the road, the furthest north one is at GPS 35.50108,-88.44079.
When we drove out Daniel was sitting on his front porch .... my guess being he wanted to make sure we drove out.

"HENDERSON COUNTY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1821 AND NAMED FOR COLONEL JAMES HENDERSON JR OF THE TENNESSEE STATE MILITIA WHO WAS KILLED IN 1814 DURING A CLASH WITH THE BRITISH ARMY. HE ALSO SERVED IN EARLIER CONFLICTS SUCH AS THE CREEK INDIAN WAR. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 27,769, THE COUNTY SEAT IS LEXINGTON."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:140 ft / 43 m
    Elevation Loss:140 ft / 43 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:110 ft / 34 m
    Extra Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    Trailhead:hwy #114/#100  620 ft / 188 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:110 ft / 34 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    Trailhead:hwy #114/#100  620 ft / 188 m



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