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Ascent of Lincoln County High Point on 2017-03-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lincoln County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:1500 ft / 457 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woods road hike from the east side (with permission) ... 3.6 mile, 530' gain, 1:40 hours RT.

We came here with 2 planned routes. Tom Owen's Route from the west side and my researched approach from the east side.

We first checked out Tom's west side route. We drove .6 miles south on Mountain Gap Road to a locked gate signed "Keep out, No Trespassing" (GPS 35.00130,-86.33145). From this point one would have to go east .25 mile along a fence line, then bushwack/climb southeast .4 mile to the summit. This differs from Tom's writing, also its a risky attempt without permission, so we went to the east side and as luck would have it, "successful".

Driving Directions to the east side TH.
From JCT #122/Main Street in Huntland we went S on Main Street for ,5 miles to a right turn on Elora Road, 1.8 miles W turned left on Greasy Cove Road, 1.1 miles S turned right on Keith Road which we followed W for .9 miles (jogs left-right on-route) to the "Walker Farm" (35.01109,-86.30601). The HP is 1.3 miles (as the crow flies) to the S-W.

The gracious owner Sid Walker knew of the HP and had no problem with me going to the HP. He owns most of the land east of the HP ridge but not "the" HP itself. As luck would have it, Jared Ashley, drove up as he had business with Sid - he's the owner of the ridge. Sid later told me that Jared is in the lumber business and owns most of the wooded hills in the area.

Jared was more than aware of the HP, "It's that knob right there.", as he pointed to the HP.
He told us that years ago he found and removed Andy Martin's cairn and register. The nice friendly man had no problem with me going to the summit. They explained the route that I describe here.

We parked in front of the farm house, Rose stayed back.
I walked N (through the farm) for .2 miles to a gate on the left, then .3 miles W to the ridge where the road bends left and follows/climbs the ridge southwesterly - the road actually stays left (E) of the ridge line and is clearly shown on the satellite imagery.

At about 1.1 mile from the TH there is a small clearing with large cabin on the right, 100+ yds past this cabin a woods road leaves the main road on the right (GPS 35.00458,-36.31610).
I left the main road and took this woods road (past a feed station and hunters stand on-route), as it climbs .7 miles on the ridge, directly to the obvious high ground (30 yds right of the woods road). I stomped the very open hardwoods with no underbrush, there is no obvious HP.
Just S of the high ground at about 50 yds is a hunters cabin.
I backtracked the 1.8 miles to the TH in 40 minutes.

As I neared the TH I thanked Sid, he was on his tractor delivering feed to his cattle.

"LINCOLN COUNTY WAS CREATED IN 1809 AND NAMED FOR MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN LINCOLN, AN OFFICER IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAR. AS OF 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 33,361 WITH FAYETTEVILLE AS THE COUNTY SEAT."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:530 ft / 162 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:woods rds from the NE side of the ridge
    Trailhead:Walker Farm at end of Keith Lane.  970 ft / 295 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack



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