Ascent of Holmes County High Point on 2011-05-02

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Monday, May 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Holmes County High Point
    Elevation:1380 ft / 420 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob Schwab's previous trip report describes three high point candidates as significantly lowered by strip mine activity and I took him at his word. I took a lightly different route to the fourth point off county rd. 466. Bob went up a long drive way and received permission from the owner to cross his property up to the ridgeline and follow that into the woods where the high point is located. I continued down the county road and around a bend until my GPS gave me a reading of 0.25 mi. to the high point above a steep hill north of the road. I climbed down an embankment and then forded a stream. From there it's a steep quarter mile to the top. I saw no fences, postings, or other indications that I needed permission to be there. Along the ridge line many trees had blue paint blazes suggesting there may have once been a trail here although it' now mostly overgrown.

This route has three virtues. No access issues. Shorter (but steeper and significant bushwhacking). Surprisingly scenic for an Ohio county high point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:350 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:350 ft / 106 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 97 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:1060 ft / 323 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.6 km

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