Ascent of McDuffie County High Point on 2015-01-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McDuffie County High Point
    Elevation:600 ft / 182 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is our 16th Day (9th State) of our "Winter Trip 2015", we are now westbound, county high pointing on the I-20 corridor.

This is a county with 9 candidate high point areas, all very easy to access, the only problem is at Area #3, where defining the County Line is impossible.
I numbered them in accordance with PB (which is the same as COHP.ORG) and visited them in the order listed below. We first went to the 6 areas north of I-20.
It was an easy/confortable day except for the misty rain off-and-on.

0.0M ... We zeroed our odo at I-20, exit 175 and traveled north on hwy #150.

2.49M ... AREA 6 (33.53941,-82.43546). Arrived at mailbox #3871 on the right, on the left (across the road) is the long driveway that winds west a good distance to the house. Parked here. I walked west on the driveway for 300 yards (electrical box on the left), then went south 100 yards to my chosen fairly obvious HP, in an open field. Returned to my van.

2.58M ... AREA 5 (33.54251,-82.43408), AREA 6 (33.54308,-82.43517). I parked on the right at a woods entrance. I first went east to the beautiful rowed pine woods for Area 5, then across the road (west) to the house with mailbox #3925. Area 4 is 30 yards up the driveway on the right.
It's noted that the 600' contour here is actually one, it was split by the road construction.

3.0M ... AREA 3 (33.54994,-82.43752) This area is the corner of Columbia/McDuffie County Line and everything is confusing. I talked to numerous people, walked this whole area and did my best to locate my spot. We drove and parked (this was our TH) at a "Long Driveway" on the right (at the top/west end of the open field before the woods). Immediately up the road on the left (west) are houses #4189 & 4203, unfortunately there was no one home and don't know to which County they pay taxes-to.
From the TH we drove the "Long Driveway" east to the first house on the right. The gentleman told me that his house is in McDuffie and his driveway is considered the County Line (north of his driveway is Columbia). This does not match with the Topo Map.
I talked to 2 deer hunters who told me that east of the road is Columbia and McDuffie on the west side, that's how the get their hunting permit. Again this does not coincide with the Topo Map.
Also .25 miles up the road is a 4-way crossing, right is Poplar Spring Church Road and at this corner a sign reads" Columbia County" with a "Mile 0" marker. There is no corresponding McDuffie sign on the west side of this corner.
It needs someone a lot better than me to locate the County Line at this area ??? perhaps a visit to the County Seat ????
For additional reading on the subject see my Columbia County HP TR.
We continued driving north on #150.

AREA 2 (33.55147,-82.44093). From the TH at Area 3 I walked up the road past the 2 houses then west 100 yards to where I picked up a good dirt road heading west (clearly shown on the satellite image). At .3 miles I stayed right at a fork and at 100 yards northeast came to a small clearing with the somewhat the obvious HP. Hunters stand is near-by.
I returned to my TH on #150.

4.0M ... AREA 1 (33.56430,-82.43694). Parked on the left side of the road, "Mile 1" Marker is just ahead. I wacked west in open/easy woods 200 yards to the obvious high ground with a number of unnatural-looking bumps. A hunters Stand is near-by.

We returned to I-20, exit 175 and went to the 3 Areas south of I-20.

00.0M ... zeroed our odo at I-20 and traveled south on #150.

04.5M ... stop light at Main Street in Thomson, stayed straight on #223.

04.7M ... 4-way junction, stayed straight (left) om Lumkin Street, #223 bends right.

09.8M ... turned right onto Uninio Church Road.

11.2M ... AREA 9 (33.47500,-82.57707). Parked in driveway just before mailbox #1729. I walked up the driveway 40 yards.

12.9M ... Turned left on Cedar Rock Road (#223)

13.5M ... left on unsigned dirt road. Very rough would have been safer to walk it.

13.8M ... AREA 8 (33.50150,-82.57682), Parked here, the obvious high ground is 60 yards north in tall grass. Returned to #223.

14.0 ... turned left on #223.

14.4 ... AREA 7 (33.50644,-82.57573). Turned right on dirt road (just past mailbox #3256) and made an immediate right onto second driveway, which we drove directly to the house, which sits on the HP. Mr Vergear (???spelling) who has been here for 45 years knew that this was a high point. A nice chap.

Columbia County is overpopulated with deer, one of the worst, apparently last year over 450 carcasses had to be picked on the roads of Columbia County alone.

We got back to I-20 and continued west on our way to our son in Houston TX. I-20 goes right through Atlanta so we decided to make a short detour to Gwinett County and check out our sons house on Fallowfield Drive, Lilburn, where they lived before moving to TX. The new owners have added a 2 car garage .... must be a 4 car family cause it already had a 2 car garage.
On the way back to I-20 we drove by Stone Mountain, perhaps one of the more unique rocks in all of USA.

"GEORGIA: WITHOUT ATLANTA, WE'RE ALABAMA." ....... georgia state motto.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:visit to 9 areas
    Trailhead:#150/223/Union Church Road  580 ft / 176 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack

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