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Ascent of Warren County High Point on 2017-03-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Warren County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:1980 ft / 603 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road seb with a short xcountry wb .... 5.4 miles, 970' gain, 2:50 hours RT.

We used the same route as the one entered in Mike Beavers and Ken Oeser old TRs. This TR attempts to update/detail todays ground conditions. I make references to the landmarks that were obvious on-route.

From the TH the route climbs a woods road southeast bound along the N-S ridge for 3 miles, then a short climb W up a pasture slope to the open summit. A straight forward route, easy to follow but not without some rough sections at the end.

Rose and I found our way to the community of Irving College, JCT Hwy#56/Hills Creek Road (south of McMinnville), we zeroed our odo.
0.0M ... left Hwy #56 eastbound on Hills Creek Road.
4.1M ... stayed right at the fork on the paved Center Hill Road (Hills Creek continues left). Pass by Center Hill Cemetery.
4.7M ... paved Center Hill Roads bends left, we stayed straight (right) on a narrow 2-Track Road (dirt).
5.0M ... road dead-ends, this was our TH Parking (35.56000,-85.63607). No posted signs. On the right (S) is a gated road that leads to a Hunting Club and straight ahead (W) is a rough/rutted road (open gate) that was my route to the summit.
While I was away Rose talked with 2 trucks coming out of the Hunting Club. They both had no problem
with hikers.

My Hiking Route (all distances are guess-estimates)
0.0M ... I left the TH on the rough/rutted road as it climbs W, before turning right as it follows/winds/climbs the ridge southeasterly.
0.6M ... stayed straight at a 4-way xing.
1.1M ... pass signs "Dead End" & "Rocky Mountain Hunting Club" (35.55150,-85.62443), and after 200 yds pass through an open gate. Just before arriving here there is a flat section with the major part of the elevation gain over. The climb is mostly moderate with short moderately steep sections. Overall the road is rough and rutted.

1.6M ... major fork (35.54574,-85.61926), stay left. This is the area of BM1889 and the sink hole to the W. 100 yds before this fork on the right is a track that goes to an old concrete ruins of sorts (didn't check it out).
2.0M ... cross a swampy area (35.54097,-85.61534) and continue on the same line (southeast). A short distance further the road gets obscure and actually non-existent. On the right (W) of my line is a new dense conifer forest (perhaps 20' high trees), and on the left (E) open hardwoods. I stayed/bushwacked in the open hardwoods for the last half a mile.
2.5M ... arrive at E-W fence line with pasture land beyond. I stepped through the fence and walked/climbed right (W) on the pasture land.
2.7M .. arrive at obvious open summit (75 yds N-S flat ridge), great views.

I ascended in 1:40 hours and backtracked in 1:00 hour.

"WARREN COUNTY WAS CREATED IN 1807 AND NAMED FOR JOSEPH WARREN (1741-1775), AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR OFFICER WHO SENT PAUL REVERE ON HIS FAMOUS MIDNIGHT RIDE. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 39,839 WITH ITS COUNTY SEAT IN McMINNVILLE."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:970 ft / 295 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:woods road/wack seb, xcountry wb
    Trailhead:dirt road E of Center Hill  1050 ft / 320 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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