Ascent of Vinton County High Point on 2012-04-28

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Vinton County High Point
    Elevation:1140 ft / 347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did Vinton County immediately after Hocking. I headed south from the Hocking chp to Ohio 180 west and then south on Ohio 327 to a sharp right on Clark Hollow Road past some buildings for Tar Hollow State Forest (not state park, the turnoff for that is slightly north of Clark Hollow Road). I then began watching my GPS readings closely. At the closest spot on the road to the GPS coordinates my GPS gave the distance as 0.31 mi. I parked at just up the road from there. As Bob Schwab notes in his report the banks of the stream that runs along the north side of the road are quite steep (and they were also muddy because it had just rained. From there its a steep bushwhack through underbrush (and thorn bushes) with about 380 feet of elevation gain in roughly a third of a mile to the ridge. Atop the undulating ridge I saw two spots that looked like the most likely high spots. Bob Schwab thought the one slightly south and east along the ridge was the higher of the two and I agree it looked higher (and I had marginally higher GPS readings there). I descended along the south heading ridge from this spot. That route had less brush and thorn bushes than the route I took up, and left me about 400 feet east of my parking spot on the road. More of a hike than most Ohio county high points.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:395 ft / 119 m
    Total Elevation Loss:25 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:380 ft / 115 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 370 ft / 113 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:770 ft / 234 m
    Time:21 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 11139 ft / 3394 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Time:16 Minutes

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