Ascent of Calhoun County High Point on 2020-02-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Calhoun County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:443 ft / 135 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy road walk with a bit of stomping around at the summit ..... .8 miles, 50' gain, 35 minutes RT.

Time has a way of changing things since the last entered TRs and that's the case for this county. Today its an easy approach from the east side. We checked out the west side approach used by others and its much more involved and therefore not recommended.
A large area southeast of the summit has been logged not too long ago, and today its in a reforesting stage - a woods road all around its perimeter provides easy access to the summit. The satellite imagery clearly shows this logged area.
All hiking distances and elevations provided are estimates only.

Driving Directions to the TH
From I-20, exit 136 (north of Orangeburg or south of Columbia) we took Hwy#6 7.4 miles north to the Calhoun/Lexington County Line, we continued on #6 in Lexington County for .9 miles to a left turn onto Horses Neck Road which we followed south 1 mile to (once again) the Calhoun/Lexington County Line. We parked here, this was our TH (33.72242,-81.01323). On the left is house #503, and on the right is a dirt road (my hiking route) with the logged-out-area/summit to the southwest.

Parking at the TH in plain view of the house was not a good idea, so we first went to house #503 for information, unfortunately no one home except for a skittish/roaming dog and a truck in the driveway. I decided to proceed.

Hiking Directions
I walked the dirt road west for .1 mile (grass road continues west, hunters stand at this corner), where it bends left (southwest) and climbs .3 miles to the summit with the high ground to the right inside the woods - stomped the area to my satisfaction and called it good. I descended in 11 minutes.
I should note that most of this road is drivable.

Alternate Hiking Route. (.9 mile RT)
If the above TH is a problem because of the house, then this is a recommended route.
Drive .2 miles south to a dirt road on the right (33.71956,-81.01234). This is the dirt road on the east side of the logged-out-area. You can park here or continue driving. We slowly drove this dirt road for .2 miles southwest to a freshly painted steel stake on the right (33.71786,-81.01455), with the summit in plain view to the northwest at .25 mile (a bushwhack-of-sorts). The new growth in the logged-out-area is head-high with some dense/thorny underbrush with left-over cuttings. It don't believe this will be an easy whack, bushwhacking dress is probably needed.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:49 ft / 14 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:dirt rd swb from horses neck road
    Trailhead:horses neck road  394 ft / 120 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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