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Ascent of Howard County High Point on 2003-11-30

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Sunday, November 30, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Howard County High Point
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:880 ft / 268 m

Ascent Trip Report

The highpoints of Howard and Montgomery Counties are located near one another and a short drive off of Interstate-70 near the city of Damascus. Howard County's highest point is topped by a radio tower while a church sits atop the highest grounds of Montgomery County. Visiting both takes very little time, traffic being the main variable.

We were visiting Beth's family in Millwood, Virginia, for Thanksgiving. We had a fantastic time during our long weekend here, but now it was time to return home. On our way back to Baltimore for our flight, we made a short side trip to visit these two county highpoints.

We exited Interstate-70 onto state route MD-27 for a mile, then to Penn Shot Road. The large radio tower is hard to miss. We parked nearby it and walked its perimeter. We felt the highest natural ground was outside the tower's fencing. The view down the grassy slope was pleasant, a mix of homes, farms, and grassy hills.

For Montgomery County, we went back to route MD-27 and then onto westbound Penn Shot Road to the Mount Airy Full Gospel Church. Being Sunday, church was in session and the parking lot full. We parked and walked around the perimeter of the church, sensing the highest ground somewhere in the playground area. We didn't stay long, not wanting to attract attention to ourselves, nor wanting to get caught up in traffic should church let out. Thus, our visit here was just a few minutes, and just as fast, we were back onto the interstate and to Baltimore.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:870 ft / 265 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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