Ascent of Aiken County High Point on 2014-10-20

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Monday, October 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Aiken County High Point
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:640 ft / 195 m

Ascent Trip Report

The 6 possibilities in Aiken are easy to visit, but it's hard to know you've gotten the high point. We did a LiDAR map but it didn't match what we found on the ground.

LiDAR directed us to a spot behind the huge chicken houses at C&E Farms west of US1 and just south of the Saluda County line. (See Mike Schwartz's 2008 report for details about this line, which is marked incorrectly on the quad.) If you've never been downwind from thousands of chickens ... well, you don't need to in this case. There's no hill there. Instead, we got permission from a worker and continued to drive counterclockwise around the perimeter of the farm (4WD needed) into the peach orchards that correspond with COHP Area 2, just south of the 637 spot elevation on US1. The peach orchard rises about 8-10 feet from the road.

We visited the three spots in the town of Monetta and found nothing rising more than a foot or two. However, we thought Area 6 (across SC39 from Monetta Church) had potential. This is the area in the peach orchard behind an abandoned house, north of Pine Circle. This was the highest altimeter reading I got in Aiken, 660 feet, compared to 656 at Area 2.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:610 ft / 185 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:30 ft / 9 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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