Ascent of Hamilton 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:Hamilton County High Point
    Elevation:960 ft / 292 m

Ascent Trip Report

960+ ft.

Thursday, 7/14/2011

Next up after the incomplete Butler County was the most-anticipated county of the trip. Since the first time I had heard of the castle-like structure that tops Hamilton County, I had the county in my sights. A couple of times before, it had been on a short list of counties to do, but those prior visits all fell through. Today, I would slay this beast.

I was traveling from the north along the same US27 that was utilized in Butler County. Several miles away from the HP, I noticed that the road was also referred to as Colerain Road. Indeed, Colerain Road is still US27 as it passes by the HP. I was still about three miles away when I caught my first indisputable sighting of the castle’s turrets atop the treetops in the distance. It was impressive even then, and the anticipation grew.

I followed Colerain south to W North Bend Road, and I turned right to drive past the massive structure. I parked in the lot shared by the day care and United Methodist church. I walked up the hill to the gated water facility, named on a sign as the “Mount Airy Tanks”, constructed in 1926-27. I wandered around the high ground and nearly around the entire fenced structure. Since the topo showed a BM nearby, I kept my eyes alert and looking, but I found none. After about 17 minutes of wandering, I returned to my car to drive to the gas station at the corner so I could investigate some more.

The topo shows a BM on the corner near this gas station at the corner of Colerain and W North Bend. I wandered quite a bit investigating to see if I could find this BM. I should have consulted the BM datasheets first. It appears that the BM “Mt. Airy 1947” is actually inside the tower complex atop or inside the NW water tower at the intersection of two concrete crossbeams that can be seen in aerial photos of the structure. DUH! The trip to the gas station wasn’t a total waste; while there, I helped another man push his disabled car to a shady spot where he waited for assistance. I also went inside to purchase a drink on this hot day.
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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