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Ascent of Chalybeate Hills on 2015-01-05

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Monday, January 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chalybeate Hills
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:673 ft / 205 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – UNION COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Spot elevation 673 ft.; two other candidates 670+ ft.

Monday, 1/5/2015

From Henderson County, I drove west on Sunday night to find lodging in or near the Union County HP candidates. I followed my GPS to the Higginson-Henry Wildlife Management Area. It was late when I arrived, but the roads through the grounds were ungated and open to navigation. I did a drive-through of the area to gain some recon for an ascent attempt. I was pleased to find the 3 candidates were close together, found near the road and probably easily accessed. I was encouraged that I might be successful when I returned in the morning. Leaving the park, I determined to find lodging nearby.

To my pleasure, I found a reasonable motel in nearby Morganfield, a short 3 miles away. I settled in for the night and arose early Monday morning to do the county.

I got up and away early Monday morning. From the corner of Waverly and US 60 in Morganfield, I drove Waverly Avenue to the east to the US 60 bypass. I turned right and drove a short distance to KY 56. I turned left (southeast) onto KY 56 and arrived at the wildlife area a short while later.

I entered the wilderness area at the second gravel road entrance, and I wound my way to the first HP candidate located near the lookout tower. The tower is still there, but it has deteriorated significantly. I parked at the gate near the road, hiked the short distance uphill, and called it good. From here, I could see the road dip and then rise in the area of the next 2 HP candidates.

On my way to HP candidate #2, I passed what looked like a significant rise. A trail crosses the road somewhere near the “i” in the word “Hills” on the topo map. I stopped in the road to check this rise out. I hiked the trail for about .1 mile, and I thought this area was also worthy of attention. I returned to the road and then checked out area #2. Once satisfied, I drove ahead to a bend in the road that was HP area #3. This was a bit larger in size, and I went uphill and checked out the area thoroughly.

Without hand measuring tools, it was impossible for me to determine which of the three areas was highest. Future visitors will find an easy time of visiting all these closely-located contours.

Just for grins, I spent a little bit of time trying to locate BM Breckinridge. Although the BM is clearly lower in elevation, it was placed along the road in an area that you drive past on your way in/out. I never did find the BM, but I did succeed in locating the BM reference marks #2. Mission accomplished, I set my sights on the prime trip target, Martin County Indiana.
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