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Ascent of Rutherford County High Point on 2017-03-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rutherford County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:1360 ft / 414 m

Ascent Trip Report

xcountry/wack to 15 areas ... 3 miles of hiking, 4:45 hours RT including all of the in between driving.

Rose and I came here thinking it would take all day to hopefully succeed at the 15 candidate high point areas. As we COHPERS know, time has a way of improving or worsening the reported ground conditions. In the case of Rutherford County I am happy to report that time has greatly improved access to the 15 areas - it was basically a drive-up to most of the areas, all thanks to 2 very friendly/helpful landowners. (unlike Mike Beavers' experience).

I am entering a full updated report, the areas are numbered a la PB and visited as listed. My hiking distances are guess-estimates only, a map and GPS is a must.

Rose and I found our way to the JCT Hwy #64/Burks Hollow Road, about 6 miles N of I-24 on Hwy #64 (same as Ken Oeser's start for his 10 Southern Areas). We zeroed our odo.

0.0M ... We drove N on Burks Hollow Road.
0.2M ... 4-way JCT. straight (N) is the continuation of Burks Hollow, left (W) is the paved Daddy Green Road leading to the 14 areas, and right (N) is a Dirt Road with gated archway "Hippie Hill" leading to Area 14, I first went here. Just inside the archway is a house trailer with a truck, bicycle and out house. The well used road climbs the ridge .4 miles N to summit of AREA 14, number of buildings in the area.
I backtracked and continued driving W on Daddy Green.
1.1M ... parked on road just before Green-Douglas Cemetery. AREA 1 is 15 yds right in a grass field.
1.3M ... parked on road, AREA 11 is to the right (E) at 100 yds, AREA 12 is another 200 yds to its N. All open easy hardwoods.
1.5M ... drove through open gate signed "Private, No Trespassing", just before road bends left, end on pavement. AREA 2 is in a grass field to the left, AREA 3 is at the Brown Cemetery to the right (lower in elevation, can be ignored).
1.8M ... road makes a sharp right (NW), straight ahead (S) is a 2 track road with open gate leading to AREA 10, 9 and 8 (both 9 and 8 are to the left of the road over a fence, 1/2 mile RT). I don't think any of these are contenders. I visited these on our return trip.
1.9 ... farm house on the right. I asked the bearded Nick for permission to walk NW to the HP areas. "You can drive to the gate up the road if you want." He didn't own the land to his S (for Areas 10,9,8) but didn't see a problem if I walked there. We kept driving.
2.1M ... parked at crest of road. AREA 13 is to the right at 20 yds, goats in the area.
2.2M ... drove through open gate signed "No Hunting, Private Property". This is end on Nick property, kept driving as we could see bldgs. ahead.
2.3M ... house on left being upgraded, equipment in the area. We were greeted by the very friendly, super nice, Mort Douglas - purchased this 250 acre property 13 years ago (owns the whole ridge N to the Harold Cemetery (furthest N Area 7)). He is working to upgrade the house, hopefully move in next month. with his wife and 3 kids. He was on his way to feed his horses at Area 7, "You can follow me, the road is Ok for your van." (It was actually very risky).
2.5M ... parked on Road, AREA 15 is 20 yds right (E) of the road. Visited this area and the ones further north on our return trip.
2.8M ... parked on the road, AREAS 5, 4 and 6 are to the right. Up and embankment over a fence (1/2 mile RT).
3.0M ... we followed Mort all the way to here, AREA 7 (35.71757,86.23044) at a small corral with 3 horses, "They're 30 years old and I'm trying to keep them alive." He pointed to the Harold Cemetery to the N - plans to clear its land and put a fence around it, he dreams of bldg. a house up here.
This whole area has dense thorny underbrush, impossible to pick "the" HP, not easy.
You could see that Mort is a hard working driven guy, he left as soon as he fed his horses, "I'm sure you'll have no problem finding your way back." This suited us just perfect as it gave us time to visit all of the Areas noted above on our return trip.

We stopped to thank both Mort and Nick on our way out, we would not have succeeded without these fine gentlemen.


"RUTHERFORD COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1803 AND NAMED IN HONOR OF GRIFFITH RUTHERFORD (1721-1805) A NORTH CAROLINA COLONIAL LEGISLATOR AND AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENERAL WHO SETTLED IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE AFTER THE REVOLUTION. AS OF THE 2014 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 288,906, MAKING IT THE FIFTH-MOST POPULOUS COUNTY OIN TENNESSEE. ITS COUNTY SEAT IS MURFREESBORO WHICH IS ALSO THE GEOGRAFIC CENTER OF TENNESSEE."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:320 ft / 96 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:visit to 15 areas
    Trailhead:paddy green road  1340 ft / 408 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack



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