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Ascent of Taylor Ridge-Bryan Benchmark on 2016-01-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Taylor Ridge-Bryan Benchmark
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:1427 ft / 434 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road and trail hike .... 3 miles, 1:15 hours RT

This is our 13th day (7th state) of our TEXAS WINTER TRIP 2016 and this year's first hike in Georgia. We are slowly making our way to Texas, county high pointing on-route.

For this hike I used Kevin Williamson TR of 2001 which still applies, this report attempts to update/add information.

At I-75, exit 345 we zeroed our odo.
0.0M ... I-75, exit 345 traveled south on #41
0.5M ... turned right onto Bandy Road
2.7M ... turned right onto Houston Valley Road
6.3M ... arrived at gated woods road on the right, gate was open, signed "No Trespassing", GPS here 34.83140,-85.11563. The other road that Kevin refers-to is just before a concrete driveway at .3 mile down the road, ignore it.

I walked this road right-of-west approx. .75 miles to a low area where the road bends left (34.83450,-85.12711) and continues/climbs right-of-south .5 miles straight up the east slope of the mountain to the ridge where it continues down the other side.
After leaving the TH at 200 yards is an information board with a huge/good satellite map showing the boundary of the "Premier Hunting Leases RLU #31956301". The trail that I describe here is nicely shown on this map.

At the ridge there is a good path that follows the wooded ridge south .2 miles directly to the summit. To the left of the path is a white "TN Survey Marker" with the BM embedded in concrete "USG&S TAYLOR 1934". The actual HP is near-by and not obvious.

This time of the year I was rewarded with good views through the trees, nothing open.

"I HAD GAINED THE SUMMIT OF A COMMANDING RIDGE,
AND, LOOKING AROUND WITH ASTONISHING DELIGHT,
BEHELD THE AMPLE PLAINS, THE BEAUTEOUS TRACTS BELOW." ........ daniel boone

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:725 ft / 220 m
    Elevation Loss:725 ft / 220 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:625 ft / 190 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:road/tr from houston valley rd
    Trailhead:Houston Valley Road  902 ft / 274 m
    Time Up:38 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:625 ft / 190 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:woods road/tr from houston valley rd
    Trailhead:Houston Valley Road  902 ft / 274 m
    Time Down:28 Minutes



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