Ascent of Richland County High Point on 2014-11-22

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, November 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Richland County High Point
    Elevation:1510 ft / 460 m

Ascent Trip Report

1510+ ft.

Saturday, 11/22/2014

2 candidates in 1 contour in the Apple Hill orchard

It was too late to visit this area on Friday - the sun was setting as I was finishing Huron County. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find a motel in nearby Ontario-Mansfield, OH. I was even more pleased to find that this Richland County highpoint was about six miles from the motel. So I decided to find the orchard area Friday night even though I would have to return Saturday morning. I arrived and tried to find the benchmark in the dark. Unfortunately, there was a thin layer of snow and ice on the ground. I was not successful.

Leaving the motel on Saturday morning, I zeroed my odometer at the intersection of Ohio 309 and the Lexington-Springmill Road in Ontario, OH.

0.0 – Travel south from the intersection of Lexington-Springmill Road and Ohio 309
1.5 – Turn right (west) on Millsboro Road
2.4 – Turn left (south) on Wiles Road
3.1 – Turn right (west) on Alta West Road
3.8 – Turn left (south) on CR 144 / Lexington-Ontario Road
4.2 – Turn left (east) into the Apple Hills orchard parking lot

This time, I was armed with my windshield broom/scraper. I walked to the area where the benchmark was expected to be found, north of the parking lot on the hill next to the road. It took me a bit of time, but I eventually found BM Noblet after brushing away the snow from several test spots. I took a couple pictures of the benchmark.

I then turned my attention to the orchard west of the benchmark, across the road. I hiked over into the orchard and spent a few minutes wandering around the area.

When I looked back toward the benchmark, I felt the benchmark area looked to be the higher of the two areas. I encourage future explorers to visit both areas; they are near one another and easily accessed, and their heights are not easily discernable.

Note: If possible, this county should be visited in conjunction with nearby Morrow County. Their highpoint areas are about five miles apart.
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