Ascent of Warren County High Point on 2011-07-14

Climber: John Hasch

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Warren County High Point
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

1,060+ ft.

Thursday, 7/14/2011

Southern Contour
I approached this HP from the east as I traveled from the Brown County HP. My GPS led me to the area where Bob Schwab found the BM 2 Herman. The area continues to be developed as more lots are sold and massive houses are built. Indeed, a new development, Chadwick’s Claim, had sprouted up on the south side of Harlan Road across the street from Waynesboro Way. I turned into this new neighborhood, drove a short way and turned around to park on Station House Road near the intersection with Harlan Road.

An occupied home now stands on the SW corner where I parked, and construction was under way on a new home on the SE corner. I left my car and hiked east along the south side of Harlan Road, hoping to locate the BM. I walked back and forth several times, totaling about 1.7mi., but the BM eluded me. An aerial photo places the BM at a woodsy area just west of the 4 houses referred to in Schwab’s report, but I never did find it. I wondered if the BM had been disturbed with the new home construction because a dirt service road now leads directly from Harlan Road to the new construction. In retrospect, the BM is likely still there, and I just missed it. The USGS datasheets show that the station was last recovered in 1999, but the datasheets offer little information as to the BM’s location using today’s road system. In any case, I believe I gave it the good college try. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

I returned to my car and drove across the street on Waynesboro Way. The first intersection is Jade Point, and I turned left and drove down to the court. The area is now nearly fully developed, and the effort to visit the high ground now involves wandering around back yards. Fortunately, there were few fences, and I was able to be satisfied that I had investigated the contour in this area.

The contour is a long one, and each future visitor will need to determine for themselves whether they have considered all HP possibilities. The denser development also adds some complication to the process.

Northern Contour
I followed instructions north to the tower complex near Five Points, and I was once again surprised to see that development was growing around this HP. Indeed, there is now a housing development immediately west and north of the large water tower that sits next to the radio tower. My GPS led me into this neighborhood, Summit Pointe, and led me to a northern approach to the highpoint. I chose instead to return to Lytle-Five Points Road, drive up the tower access road, and park at the base of the radio tower.

Surprisingly, there are no fences around any of the tower structures. The water tower literally sits in the back yards of a couple homes, and this was a strange sight to me. I walked around the water tower and found a nice opening though the dense woodsy brush that was there. I emerged to the north in the open field I had just driven past and identified by my GPS as the highest ground. The field is largely flat, though a berm was spotted along the eastern edge near another street of houses. I inspected the berm and determined it was uniform in height and probably man-made.

I wandered around for maybe 20 minutes, kicking up several rabbits from the brush. Once I was satisfied, I returned to my car in hopes of arriving at one more county for the day. I set off for Clark County.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
A perfect day

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