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Ascent of Dekalb County High Point on 2011-11-23

Climber: Tom Owen

Date:Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dekalb County High Point
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:1330 ft / 405 m

Ascent Trip Report

DeKalb county either has one contour with a spot elevation of 1330 feet or a liner of 1220 feet depending which topographical map is to be believed.
Following Ken Oeser’s declaration that the top of the hill was rightly in Dekalb county, I approached the house he mentioned and asked for permission to enter their fields.
The lady of the house said that the back fence line is their property line and the old “indefinite boundary” line. She was not actually sure who owned the land behind theirs and pointed toward the northeast; she did not think they would mind me walking through their fields though.
I crawled under one low set of electric fencing and entered their field with three friendly cows that followed my progress. At the north end of the field and the end of their property was a much more difficult triple set of barbed wire fence. After some negotiating, I was able to make it between the wires and into the second field, although another set of hands to hold the wire apart would have helped immensely.
The contour itself of clear of all but one tree and provides great views of the surrounding farm land
From the back of the house to the hill top is about a third of a mile walk.
During my drive to the high point, I noticed gates in a fence where Judge Purser Hill Rd turns north and becomes Purser Hill Rd; I think this is the other side of the field that contains the highpoint.
I was not able to find the house John Mann mentioned and settled for a bit of stealth for the permission of the adjacent landowner. Daylight did not allow more exploration of the area.
The DeKalb county highpoint should be visited in conjunction with Cannon county’s Short Mountain.
From the intersection of Gunter Hollow Rd and Short Mountain Rd, continue north on Short Mountain until it splits and bear right on to Half Acre Rd.
Continue on Half Acre as it becomes Joins Rd and eventually Banks-Pisgah Rd.
The house I visited is west of the intersection of Banks-Pisgah Rd and Newton Johnson Rd.
Alternatively, one could go south on Short Mountain Rd from Gunter Hollow Rd and turn east (left) onto Crossroads Rd. Then left onto Judge Purser Hill Rd and right onto Half Acre/Joins Rd. The gates I mentioned are on this route, where Judge Purser Hill Rd turns 90 degrees north before intersection Half Acre Rd.

DeKalb indefinite boundary 1330 ft 35.84551 -85.89210
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    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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