Ascent of Richmond City High Point on 2006-07-29

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, July 29, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Richmond City High Point
    Elevation:370 ft / 112 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today's goal was to drive from Richmond to Williamsburg, a trip that should take just a couple hours even with traffic. So we left a lot of time open to explore highpoints in and around Richmond, and those on the way toward Williamsburg. Being a Saturday, we had less traffic than usual along Interstate-95. We were able to make good time working our way to the south side of the James River following Route 150.

Richmond is Virginia's capital and another of its independent cities. Its highpoints are two areas of 370 feet elevation in the community of Old Gun. We left Route-150 and followed Huguenot Road west about a mile to Old Gun Road on our right. We were surprised to see the area was rather nice, up-scale homes on large properties. We were even more surprised to see a Mormon Church in the area. They're everywhere in Arizona, but not as prevalent back east. We used their parking lot to get out the maps and figure out what we wanted to do.

The first area was off of Duryea Road and onto a gravel road and driveway that passed one nice home and led up into the front of another home. We parked at a split in the road and walked a few dozen feet to a large, mature tree that seemed to sit on the highest ground. We spent just a few minutes here. The other area sits astride Old Gun Road and for this one we just drove to its apex and stepped on the nearest high ground. That was all. Next up: Chesterfield County ... which we skipped (fields, hot, ticks, snakes, private lands).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:365 ft / 111 m

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