Ascent of Lincoln County High Point on 2014-12-20

Climber: jeff carr

Others in Party:Emanuela Schmidt
Date:Saturday, December 20, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lincoln County High Point
    Elevation:3401 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the HYW 22 pull-out at Murphy Road, at the NE end of the Vanduzer Corridor. There is ample room to park. It is 10 miles to the high point from here, all on gravel roads except the final few hundred meters. Murphy road is well maintained and marked with yellow mile posts nearly every half mile. you begin around 800 feet in elevation, and end up around 3405. We took out mountain bikes, as the gate was closed and posted something like "no motorized vehicles".
The first two miles are mild in grade, and not a bad ride. After you cross a stream/river the grade steepens.(I have no idea what this stream should look in normal times like since we did this trip on the Dec 20th storm with 7 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, so the river was pulling trees off the banks and thunderous).
There were no gates for the first 7miles. we stayed on the Murphy Road indication from our car GPS. The first fork you will come to where it is not obvious which is the main road will be around mile 4. Take the lower road here. The next choice will be a few miles further up. A road takes off to the right (uphill) and has a yellow gate. The other, can correct road is to the left and snakes around the obvious hill in front of you. This is around mile 6, but I am not certain how far it is from a mile marker.
Near mile marker 7 you will pass a large white gate. Once past that, you have another half mile to a large intersection. Go right on the main road. Through the middle of this 10 mile ride you will wonder (at least we did) where the real elevation gain will come, and as you get closer and closer to your destination the math just doesn't really work, as you have only a mile left and still have to go up 1300 feet. Fear not, you are going to make it and the last .6 miles up will get you your altitude. :)
The final push, after you leave the main gravel road at the top of a ridge, is to your left up an old and overgrown mud road. By the looks of the trees in the middle of the road, it has not been used for 7-8 years. Stay on the road and don't be tempted by cutting uphill (to your right) early. the road runs up them switches back a bit to a meadow and the summit is just on the other side. It is a pile of rocks and a stump. Since we did it during 40 knot winds and horrendous rain, we did not get to appreciate the views.
This would be one of the easier CoHP's to knock off if you had vehicle access, but the 20 mile ride and 2600 feet of elevation gain makes it one you really have to earn. We moved quickly on the descent and made it down in an hour.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2950 ft / 899 m
    Total Elevation Loss:350 ft / 106 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cold, Extremely Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2950 ft / 899 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2600 ft / 792 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Start Trailhead:799  801 ft / 244 m
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes

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