Ascent of Clayton County High Point on 2000-05-27

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, May 27, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clayton County High Point
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had spent the day in the Appalachian Mountains near where North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia merge. I had hiked a couple easy county highpoints in the area with Fred Lobdell. We parted ways in Chattanooga, but not before he alerted me to an easy county highpoint in Clayton County, near Atlanta. He loaned me his map.

The highpoint is (was) located near Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport, near where Interstate-85 and state route GA-6 meet. The area looked like it was an old housing development, but all that remained were overgrown lots amid a network of small streets obviously laid out as a subdivision at one point. I arrived here at 7:30 in the evening, and following the map carefully, found the lone hump, and jogged out and back to it. The area looked unfriendly, so I didn't want to be here longer than I had to. I found a Motel-6 nearby and stayed there before my flight out the next morning.

After a week of very interesting mountain peaks in the Appalachians, to end the trip with this measly highpoint was ironic. However, there are two odd facts I want to relate. First, I discovered later that Bill Jacobs, a hiker and county-highpointer who lived in the area at this time, had visited this highpoint the very same day. We would meet a few years later, on all paces, at Black Mesa in Navajo County, Arizona. Second, this highpoint was graded for some new buildings and no longer exists. The newer Clayton county highpoint is somewhere nearby, but I have no idea where.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:1040 ft / 316 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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