Ascent of Morrow 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:Morrow County High Point
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

1480+ ft.

Saturday, 11/22/2014

2 candidates in 2 close contours near the Mid-Ohio Race Course

After visiting the Apple Hill orchard atop Richland County, I set my sights on the last target of the trip, nearby Morrow County. If possible, this county should be visited in conjunction with Richland County because their highpoint areas are only about five miles apart. The zero point for this county is the Apple Hill orchard parking lot.

0.0 – Turn left (south) onto Lexington-Ontario Road.
2.0 – Pass the Clear Fork Reservoir on the right
2.1 – Turn right (south) on Gass Road
3.7 – Turn left (south) on Eckert Road / Texter Road
4.1 – Turn right (west) on Lexington-Steam Corners Road
4.2 – Turn left (southwest) on TR 52 / Denman Road
4.4 – Turn around just before the inn and park on the right
4.6 – Turn left (west) on Lexington-Steam Corners Road
4.9 – Park on the right just past the crest of the hill
5.0 – the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course

From the first parking spot, I hiked west into the farm field to the nearby obvious high ground. I wandered around until I was satisfied that I had stepped on all high ground. I returned to my car and drove nearer to the second candidate.

It is quick and easy to hike from the road to the high ground behind the communication tower. I know Andy Hatzos used LIDAR analysis to determine that a visit to the tower area was not necessary. But I visited both anyway since they are geographically and elevationally so close together. I do not yet have enough understanding of LIDAR to appreciate and accept it when contours on the topo are so close together.

With this county, I completed six easy counties in the last two days. However, I got a late start on the first day, not summiting the first county (Seneca County) until after 1:00pm. I believe these six counties could easily be done in the same day if a person was in the area and able to get started earlier in the day.
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