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Ascent of Craighead County High Point on 2019-08-21

Climber: Matthew Williams

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Craighead County High Point
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:510 ft / 155 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my first ascent, my first highpoint, county or otherwise, and also therefore my first trip report to write. I've long held an interest in highpointing but I'm glad to finally start doing it.

I relocated to Jonesboro (here in Craighead County) from Mississippi four days ago, to transfer to Arkansas State University. The weather nice, and only my 2:00 class held today, I set out to bag the highpoint once I got out of class soon after 3.

From ASU, I took Johnson Road east along the north edge of campus. Johnson turns into US-49 once you pass Red Wolf Boulevard, keep going a little further until you reach AR-351 and hang a left. You'll take 351 (also called Old Greensboro Road) for, per Google Maps, 8.1 miles (about 13km).

I used Google Maps as a resource for navigation, as well as trip reports from Tom Owen (May 12, 2012) and Hans Haustein (February 10, 2002) for reference.
The location's a little tricky to pin down, it's just off the roadside, and along the fence line. You have to drive slowly so as to not miss the driveway, which can be difficult if there are cars immediately behind you threatening to drive up into your backseat.

I missed it on my initial approach, with an audible "It's WHERE now?" as my phone unexpectedly uttered a "Your destination is on the left". I crossed the line (500ft, 150m north of the hp) into Greene County and drove a minute until I found a church to turn around in. On my approach from the north, I pulled into the driveway, and in a quick hike along the fence, I made the ascent. The contour looks highest around the fence.

The expedition was easygoing, and required no equipment, aside from my transportation. I wore jeans and a long sleeve tee shirt layered with a plaid flannel shirt, but the weather was certainly much warmer than that.
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