Ascent of Leon County High Point on 2011-02-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Leon County High Point
    Elevation:279 ft / 85 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB gives 5 canditate highpoint areas for this County, one towards the north/western most side of the County, the other 4 at the northeast,just below the Georgia Line.

AREA 1 (north/western most) ..... 1 mile, 40 minute RT.
We approached from the south, Tallahassee, I10,exit 203. We drove north on 319 for a few hundred yards to a left on Timberlane Road, west 1.7 miles to a right on CR155 (Meridian Road), north 6.4 miles to a left on CR0344 (Orchard Pond Road). We drove west on the trench-like dirt road CR0344 for .9 miles, just past the height-of-land to where the road bends left. This is the TH, the highground is to the north, the area is "Posted No Trespassing", I would find out later I did a no-no. The road is very narrow, find a place to park.
From the TH I scrambled up the 5 foot road embankment, crawled under the fence and buswacked north .5 miles to the summit area. Beautiful open tall pine woods with some thick underbrush, evidence of logging, generally follow a look-a-like ridge (lower ground on each side of you) north, always looking for the east-way and the highground. Some dense sections with thorny vines, overall not bad, cross a Power Line swath and a few wood tracks, numerous animal paths go in your direction.
Fairly large highground area, difficult to find the exact spot, I chose mine at a fallen rotting log 30.59920, 84.30352, a 3 foot diameter 15 feet deep hole near-by. PB puts the spot a short distance to the northwest.
Just as I dropped back to the road a truck pulled up, the gentleman, with a star badge-in-hand warning me that I was on Posted property. I tried to provide a feeble defense, "I'm only a hiker".
"It doesn't matter, you have to have the owner's approval." The nice guy told me to respect signs as he went his way.

THE 4 AREAS AT THE NORTHEAST .... all of these areas are on private property.
From the intersection CR155/0344 travel north on CR155 for 5.5 miles to CR12 on the right. Drive east on CR12 6 miles to 319, turn left (north) and in .4 miles turn right on CR0338 (Sunny Hill Road). Travel east on CR0338 (paved for 2 miles) for 2.8 miles to the entrance to Brown-Bethel Church on the right. To the north are 3 highpoint areas, the 4th is to the southeast.
I went to the small house just before the church for permission, no one came to the door, even though there were 3 vehicles in the driveway.
AREA 2 most western (across-the-street/north-of the small house)....from the church entrance walk north on a track 40 yards to the only huge Pine tree on the left, the highpoint is in the woods 20-30 yards to the left.
AREA 3 most eastern (just east/north of the church)
To the north/east of the church across the road is a driveway with mailbox #9948. Drive north in the driveway 40 yards, the highpoint area is on the right.
AREA 4 most northern ..... Drive north up the driveway #9948 .12 miles, the highground is to the left.
AREA 5 located southeast of the church, walked through a fence to the high ground.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:109 ft / 33 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:nb bushwack from orchard pond road
    Trailhead:orchard pond road  170 ft / 51 m
    Route Conditions:

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