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Ascent of Coffee County High Point on 2017-03-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Coffee County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:2020 ft / 615 m

Ascent Trip Report

We came here with Ken Oeser's TR and found that its still good after 16 years. We did however have some differences at the access points, so this report attempts to add/update todays ground conditions. One must read Ken to fully understand this report.
We did not call Ken's contacts as things tend-to change with time.
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THE 3 NORTHERN AREAS .. road hike with short wacks to 3 areas .. 4 miles, 200' gain, 2:15 hrs RT.
From JCT Hwy #108/Cabbage Patch Road in Hixon, we drove W on winding/undulating Cabbage Patch Road for 3.2 miles to the "Skymont Scout Reservation" entrance on the right. The gate was locked. Note: Cabbage Patch Road bends left (S) but continues as Deer Run Road.

We went to the house just before the entrance for information and found no one home. A pipe gate on its driveway was open, so we drove to the rear of the house looking for life and found that its rear is open to the "Skymont Scout Reservation" grounds. We kept driving heading northwest still looking for life, at .8 miles turned right (N) (signed "Shooting ?? something") where in 300 yds the pavement ends. We parked here (35.44528,-85.86887). I would find out that I could have driven further.

I hoofed the dirt road N-W for .8 miles to a fork, where I stayed left (map and GPS in hand) and continued on a road 3/4 mile to the East Area (35.45644,-85.88836), then 1/4 mile W to the Middle Area (35.45389,-85.89162) - having to go off road to find both HPs. A bushwack W of 250+ yds brought me to the West Area (35.45411,-85.89411). All open easy going woods.
I backtracked the 2 miles in 52 minutes.
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BROOKS POINT SOUTHEAST (THE 2 SOUTHERN AREAS) ... wack and road hike ... 4.5 miles, 2:30 hours RT
There were access issues with this one also.
From the "Skymont Scout Reservation" entrance we drove S on Deer Run Road for 1.5 miles to the gated Spring Lakes Blvd on the right with MB#1025, all heavily posted - (this is Ken's "..... parked at gate on W (right) side of road just before some stone towers which ......... ". The stone towers are still there.

We went to 2 near-by house for info and found no one home. We flagged a passing car and the lady suggested I go to "Lutz Motorsports" on Cabbage Patch Road. "They been here forever and know everything there is to know about this area."

She turned out to be right, Wesley was very helpful and generous. He told me that the new owner lives in a house well back in the woods (satellite clearly shows Springs Lakes Blvd going due E abt 3/4 miles then S to a house). He owns land around his house but not the area at the HP.
He didn't think that I'd get permission but, "Let me give him a call."
He called him with an upbeat greeting, and as he explained the reason of his call I could tell he was getting a negative response. "He's not the accommodating type." said Wesley as he hung up the phone.

"How far do you want to walk to get to this HP." I was asked.
"As far as it takes, my plan was to walk from Deer Run Road." was my answer.
"Well if that's the case you can start at my cousin's house, no one lives there now, it's a bit rundown but you'd be safe to start there. Just stay inside the woods N of the road (meaning Springs Lake Blvd)."

So what follows are the directions I received from Wesley. The satellite imagery nicely shows the route that I took. We went back S on Deer Run Road to the driveway with 3 mailboxes #1220, 200 yds N of Springs Lakes Blvd. and drove W on the driveway .2 miles to its dead-end at Wesley cousin's house and parked (35.41616,-85.87123). This was my TH.

Just behind the house (W) is a flimsy wooden walkway over the narrow body of water (30 yds). I walked this walkway to the other side then bushwacked west .5 miles to a N-S woods road (GPS 35.41669,-85.87877), thinking that this was the road shown on the satellite (not so, it doesn't show up on the satellite). I should have continued W for another 100+ yds to get to the right road. The woods to here all open hardwoods with little underbrush, easy going.
Straight ahead (W) the woods were heavily posted. Thinking that this was my road to the HP I went right (N) and after 5 minutes I knew there was something not right so I came back and went left (S). At 200 yds I came Springs Lakes Road (corner where it turns S), GPS 35.41562,-85.87911). This corner is also posted.
My route (road) was to the right (westerly bound), I stepped over a cable across the road at 50 yds and from there on it was clear sailing on the good road (not one posted sign after stepping over the cable). Throughout this area I paid special attention to signs of humans.
I should note here that when I came out of the bushwack at the N-S woods road (above), there are 2 options. Go left S to Springs Lakes as I did or continue/stay straight (W) and wack 100+ yds to the road after the cable. I think staying straight (W) is the way to go.

At about 1 mile W past the cable I came to a main JCT (35.41125,-85.89143). Straight ahead at 200+yds uphill is the North Area (35.41031,-85.89303) on the left side of the road. A left at this main JCT the road heads south for 1/2+ miles to the South Area (35.40297,-85.88969). I had to do some bushwacking the last 400 yds.
I backtracked to the TH from the South Area in 1 hour.

We stopped to thank Wesley on the drive out. He seemed pleased.

I wrote up this TR in the Manchester Public Library and by chance sitting in the Genealogy Section - where anything you wanted to know about Coffeee County was right behind me.

COFFEE COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1836 AND NAMED FOR JOHN R COFFEE, AN EARLY EUROPEAN-AMERICAN SETTLER, WAS A STATE MILITIA GENERAL IN TENNESSEE. HE COMMANDED TROOPS UNDER GENERAL ANREW JACKSON DURING THE CREEK WARS AND THE BATTKE OF NEW ORLEANS IN THE WAR OF 1812.
AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS THE POPULATION WAS 52,796 AND ITS COUNTY SEAT IN MANCHESTER.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:road/wack nwb to 3 areas.
    Trailhead:dirt road  1980 ft / 603 m



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