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Ascent of Blueball Hill on 2015-03-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blueball Hill
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1020 ft / 310 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy road climb with permission. .... .75 miles RT.

From the main intersection of Hwy #31W/#220 (northwest of Elizabethtown), we traveled west on #220 for 8.6 miles to the crest-of-the-road with MB#875 (this spot is .4 miles west of the western junction of #220/1375).
We drove south up the driveway to the house and was met by 2 friendly dogs. The young bearded gentleman who answered the door had no trouble with me walking out to the Tower .... he wasn't the talkative type and for sure not the same guy that greeted Ken Jones 17 years ago.

We parked at the foot of the driveway, in front of the barn and I walked the Tower Service Road (just left of the driveway) southwesterly .3 miles to the obvious HP at the Communication Tower. The road makes a sharp right/left on its way to the top, a fallen large tree was across the road.

At where the road flattens out on the ridge, about 100 yards before the Tower and on the left of the road, is the BM "USC&G BLUEBALL 1933 (with an arrow pointing towards the tower)". Just before the BM on the right side of the road is a huge/deep hole (???) natural looking (???).
The arrow told me that there is another BM somewhere, I made a good effort to find it along the ridge with no luck ... but it must be there.

The road continues 50 yards past the Communication Tower to a fenced-in Fire Tower at a slightly lower elevation and signed "NO Trespassing". Still looking for the 2nd BM I continued for another 70 yards to a small bump before giving up and letting another High Pointer find it.
Unfortunately the whole top ridge is wooded, offering no views.

We moved on to Owen COHP.

HARDIN COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1792 AND WAS THE 15TH KENTUCKY COUNTY IN ORDER OF FORMATION. IT WAS NAMED FOR COLONEL JOHN HARDIN, A CONTINENTAL ARMY OFFICER DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND A BROTHER OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM HARDIN WHO FOUNDED HARDINSGURG. AS OT THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 105,543, ITS COUNTY SEAT IS ELIZABETHTOWN."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:160 ft / 48 m
    Total Elevation Loss:160 ft / 48 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:service road swb from hwy #220
    Start Trailhead:hwy #220  860 ft / 262 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Route:service road swb from hwy #220
    End Trailhead:hwy #220  860 ft / 262 m



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