Ascent of Anne Arundel County High Point on 2008-05-19

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Monday, May 19, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Anne Arundel County High Point
    Elevation:300 ft / 91 m

Ascent Trip Report

The highpoint of Anne Arundel County is a small hill with nice homes located near the intersections of the Baltimore-Washington Beltway (MD-295) and highway MD-175, in the city of Jessup. It’s not far from Baltimore-Washington Airport, but in past visits we’ve usually ignored this highpoint mainly since it was in the opposite direction of our usual travel itinerary. Also, there are actually four highpoint areas in and around the northern parts of “AA” county. We had little motivation to visit all four areas, but since other visitors have fairly decisively shown that this one area is the county highpoint, the “return on investment” of taking the time to make the visit was now in our favor.

We were driving back into Baltimore toward the airport. It had been a good trip, a successful and happy visit with her folks and time in Lexington with rainy and nice days alternating. Off Interstate-70, we took our “short-cut” to BWI: South on US-29 to MD-100 which leads into Glen Burnie. This avoids the Loop-695 mess and the warren of highways in that area that are notoriously easy to get lost on. From MD-100 we merged onto MD-295 to MD-175 and found ourselves forced to go west into Jessup, so we made a probably-illegal U-turn to get on the proper bearing. Immediately southeast of the 295-175 intersection is Clark Road, then tiny Fields Road jutting off that.

I decided to park early, and Beth decided to not bother at all, as these dinky highpoints don’t interest her. I walked Fields Road towards its high spot then up a berm onto the front lawn of the property that contains the highpoint, which appears to be at or near a big oak tree. I kept my visit very short. And that was that. Back to the car, we went on our way to the airport.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:290 ft / 88 m

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