Ascent of Somerset County High Point on 2005-08-05

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, August 5, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Somerset County High Point
    Elevation:49 ft / 14 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Somerset County highpoints are two regions found along Meadow Bridge Road amid farms and patches of forest about 10 miles south of the city of Salisbury. We actually bypassed Salisbury by following US-13 and eventually exited at the exit closest to the highpoints. Beth had the maps and was navigating while I drove. We had to keep our eyes open for the quick turns and hidden street signs, but we managed fine and found ourselves along Meadow Bridge Road, which sits on the Somerset-Worcester County boundary. Two areas both reach above 15 meters on the map, which is not easy to read and being in meters, not overly detailed either. However, earlier maps put a 53-foot spot elevation at the Zion Cemetery on the southern region. Not surprisingly, It's flat and hard to eyeball rises.

The first area is off the road slightly and when we arrived, found it covered in maturing soy plants. A derelict house engulfed by vines and trees sat in the center of the field, as did a cemetery. Mapwise and visually the cemetery and house sat on the top of the rise, which we gauged about 4 feet above the road. We searched for a way in, but saw nothing, not even a path. The soy plants were way too thick to walk through. Not to mention the snakes and ticks that live in all that.

We drove another few hundred feet south to the Mount Zion Cemetery, which sits on the east side of the road in Worcester County. However, in this case the road goes through the 15-meter contour. Furthermore we found rises on the Somerset side of then road that seemed natural and about two feet above the road. After some brief exploration we called it good and got out of the humidity back into our vehicle. My hunch is the southern area is higher than the north based on some circumstantial evidence and the information offered by the older map. We could not visit the northern area but we'll come back to this area another time, probably during the winter.

We spent the night at a Days Inn in Pocomoke City. The hotel was way overpriced and dumpy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:44 ft / 13 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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