Ascent of Jefferson County High Point on 2014-06-06

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
Date:Friday, June 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jefferson County High Point
    Elevation:1061 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

LiDAR data is available for this county, but amazingly, the two areas in question are within 0.02" at just over 1061'. We started with the SE point.

We parked at the horserider's campground and displayed our state park day pass in the window. We definitely felt out of place without a horse-trailer-camper combo. We took pictures of the map and then set out on the trail headed east. The start was characterized by mosquitoes and sandy ground inundated with hoof prints. We had read to take all rights, but when we came to the first intersection which was with a cross country ski trail, we chose to go left. This was a mistake. We continued on encountering four horseback riders and their horses. We highly recommend bringing coconuts if you try this highpoint without a horse and it's too bad that we didn't. We followed this main trail, the Moraine Ridge Trail, in a hook that went north and then back south, but based on the GPS receiver we noticed that we had gone past the highpoint and were too far east. I decided to stick with the trail and it swung around south and then headed west straight at the highpoint. Once we were as close as we could be on the trail we were looking at a heavy bushwhack to go just a few feet north to high ground. Artski tried to loop around from 10 yards to the west, but I went straight in to where I saw high ground. And joy of joys, I found an orange post warning of a survey marker! It isn't on the map, and it wasn't in trip reports that I had read, but since 1957 benchmark PALMYRA has been here. Artski joined me at the top and we didn't see anything higher except a possible stray rock 10' away that we also stepped on. From here we went back to the trail and then headed west. We passed a sign for trials P19, P20, and P21 before coming to the intersection that we decided to go left on initially. Future highpointers can literally just take all rights from the campground to get to the trail next to PALMYRA. Although there are horse, ATV, hiking, cross country skiing, and bike trails in the vicinity, sticking right at every fork on the trail (except at a stile bike trail crossing) will get you there.

For the NW point we stopped at the last house heading north on G before reaching Dell Road. We got permission from a lady that was surrounded by farm cats to walk up the grassy pitch behind the barns to the highpoint. The top was in alfalfa and we didn't see the benchmark. We had a great view to the NE and NW. It was a good end to a successful day of highpointing.

Benchmark PALMAYRA:
1.3mi 35min up
0.85 20min back

NW Contour:
0.22mi 10min up
0.22mi 8min back
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:351 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:291 ft / 87 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:351 ft / 106 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 151 ft / 46 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:Moraine Ridge Trail/Green Trail
    Start Trailhead:Horserider's Campground  910 ft / 277 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:91 ft / 27 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:Farm House  970 ft / 295 m
    Time:8 Minutes

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