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Ascent of Dorchester County High Point on 2005-08-06

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dorchester County High Point
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:60 ft / 18 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today was our last full day before flying back to Arizona, so we wanted to enjoy the day, driving hither and yon and exploring the region. We spent drove out to the ends of "necks", twisty peninsulas that lead into the Chesapeake Bay. In some cases the roads are built up on berms barely above the bay's waters. Most of the time we'd dead end at someone's property. We enjoyed the drives more than anything.

At some point, we were heading west along US-50 toward the city of Cambridge. We drove to some necks then returned to Cambridge where we walked the harbor area and looked at the nice boats. Then, it was highpointing time. We had two on the docket, one here in Dorchester County, and another one nearby in Talbot County, both not far from the city of Easton.

For the Dorchester County highpoint, we followed highway MD-318 to the Lowry Farm in the community of Hynson, west of Federalsburg and 15 miles east of Easton. The highpoint is a lone 60-foot contour near a chicken shed in a soybean field. We drove in and parked at a residence. I walked up the road to a stable but couldn't find anyone. A little dachshund, with a busted leg and a nasty scar on its face, was yipping and no amount of trying to pet it would shut it up. Shortly Beth and I met a young woman at the residence who gave us permission to visit the highpoint.

Past the stable is a long building, a chicken shed. Past reports indicated the highpoint, which is not easy to discern, is south of this shed. We walked to it but nothing looked higher. We were blasted by huge exhaust fans that were blowing out the stink from inside the chicken shed. Amid the stink, we found a rise in the land northeast of this shed. It was half open (grass) and half planted with maturing soybean plants.

The map we had was dated from many years ago and showed two long buildings side by side, with the highpoint south of the second (to the right) building. In reality the two long buildings (the stable and the chicken shed) are more linearly aligned than side-by-side. It's possible that in the past there was two buildings side-by-side and if that was the case, the highpoint rise would be at the right place, south of the old phantom building. Regardless, we visited anything that looked high, and our whole visit was only about 20 minutes. It was very humid and very sticky.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:55 ft / 16 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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