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Ascent of Sequatchie County High Point on 2017-03-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
visit to 2 areas.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sequatchie County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:2380 ft / 725 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rose and I came here armed with some old TRs, knowing that time has a way of changing things and with the satellite imagery confirming it. It turned out that our opinion was proven true - we had problems finding our route.
This TR attempts to provide the necessary details for our route - it addresses the 2 areas on Raven Cliff, and not the 3rd area at the Tri-County JCT, which we visited a few days back together-with the Grundy/Marion COHPs (I have nothing to add for this area, straight forward and easy).
The hiking distances I provide are guess-estimates only.

Rose and I found our way to the JCY Hwy #111/Lewis Chapel Road, east of Dunlap, start for both areas.

PB'S AREA 1 AT RAVEN CLIFF (35.37285,-85.31927) ... a road walk with a short wack ..... 3.4 miles, 580' gain, 1:20 hours RT.
From the JCT Hwy #111/Lewis Chapel Road, we drove E on Lewis Chapel Road for 100+ yds to a left turn on the paved Shell Road, .4 miles W Shell Road makes a sharp right, we stayed straight (W) on the unsigned Tri-Mile Road (a narrow gravel road), and at another .4 miles came to a locked gate "posted". This was my TH (35.35825,-85.30811, elev 1800'). The HP is to the N-W.

There are 2 houses to the right (E) of this gate, the 1st appears abandoned. I went to the guy at the 2nd house working on his car. Apparently the gate was put in years ago by the hunting club. There is no one at the club and he didn't think it was a problem for me to walk up the road.

Rose stayed back as I hopped the gate and walked the gravel road as it winds/climbs N-W 1.75 miles to its crest (this is 150 yds past a Hunter's Stand at a small puddle to the left of the road). I turned left (N) and bushwacked 100 yds in open hardwoods to the somewhat obvious HP. I added orange flag tape to my chosen spot.

After leaving the TH I past by the Hunting Camp (shed with house trailers) at 200 yds, then another gate perhaps 1/4 mile further up. The Cut-Off Road shown on the satellite image as leaving this main road is only a small grass track.
I descended in 30 minutes.

PB's AREA 2 AT RAVEN CLIFF HARVEY BM .... drive up to a superb vista.
0.0M ... we zeroed our odo at JCT #111/Lewis Chapel Road and left eastbound on Lewis Chapel Road.
1.7M ... turned left (N) on Raven Cliff Road (this paved main road has a double-yellow center line)
2.3M ... 3-way JCT, stayed right on Raven Cliff Road.
2.8M ... turned right at JCT (road is unsigned and we are unsure if its still Raven Cliff Road, google shows it to be Shadowlands Drive). In any case don't take the good road going straight (left), we erred here. Turn right (N).
3.1M ... turned left on Red Rock Canyon Road (NW), this gravel road is unsigned and is immediately after MB#277 on Raven Cliff.
3.2M ... stayed left at fork.
3.5M ... turned right (N), pond on NW corner.
3.7M ... T-JCT, turned right (E) on Raven Crest Trail.
3.8M ... turned left (N) onto private driveway. The HP is in front of the house with a location hard to beat - on top of the cliffs with spectacular views. Horace Thompson (?? unsure of last name) showed me the spot of the Harvey BM (someone removed it).
This whole area has been laid out an upscale housing development, little signs of construction going on. Horace has perhaps the best lot, although the lot immediately west is similar (a construction shed sat to one side).

"SEQUATCHIE COUNTY WAS NAMED FOR THE SEQUATCHIE VALLEY, WHICH IN TURN HAD BEEN NAMED FOR A CHEROKEE CHIEF. THE WORD SEQUATCHIE IN CHEROKEE MEANS "OPPOSSUM" OR "HE GRINS OR RUNS". AS OF THE 2010 OF THE CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 14,112, THE COUNTY SEAT IS IN DUNLAP."




Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:580 ft / 177 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:road walk nwb + short wack nb.
    Trailhead:gate on Tri-Mile Road  1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack



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