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Ascent of Worcester County High Point on 2017-05-29

Climber: David Olson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Worcester County High Point
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:60 ft / 18 m

Ascent Trip Report

I relied on Michael Schwartz's report of 15 January 2002. These items should be noted.

All of the topography here is subtle. You have to rely on the maps to identify what to go to, and again on the maps and surveying tools like GPS, to get there and know that you have gotten there.

His first area = Adam Helman's Area6, the most obvious road goes past the farmhouse east-south-east to the northeast corner of the farm field, enters the forest at N 38 16.808' W 75 32.605' and starts bending northeast. It quickly passes the two take-the-left-forks. The question is how much further does one need to go? Answer is about 1300 ft. The track gets pretty vague after the second fork. Follow it best as you can and arrive at a T-junction with a better track, wooden signboard nailed to a tree here. Then go straight across, north about 200 or 300 feet and a little east. A 'steep' drop-off to the east helps define the highest point.
-- I tried to follow the better track out, but when it curved north I chose to retrace my path.

For Mike's next two areas, off of St. Luke's Road, I followed his instructions "Go about 1/4 miles to a decent gravel road, blocked by a cable, that heads south towards a low piney ridge visible to the south." From 0.2 to 0.3 miles there was forest on the south side of the road, but no 'decent gravel road blocked by a cable.' Just past 0.3 miles is Pheasant Lane, and a ridge is visible to the south, occupied by a cemetery. I checked my GPS and found I was 1 mile too far west. Mike's instructions should read "Go about 1 & 1/4 miles to a " etc.

For Mike's next two areas, off of Sand Road, the first 0.2 miles or so is across posted private land. Perhaps a new route starting further west on State Forest land should be found.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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