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Ascent of Pleasants County High Point on 2015-12-30

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pleasants County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1270 ft / 387 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pleasants County has 2 candidate high point areas. I followed Michael Schwartz's TR of 2001 which still applies today. This TR attempts to add/update a few points and is not a stand alone read, one must read Michael.

This is day 3 and our first hike of our "WINTER TRIP 2016" (Jan-Mar). The plan is to County High Point in Texas, hopefully completing the panhandle.
Rose and I will slowly make our way south to The Woodlands (Houston area), Texas and visit with our Son, Michael, and his family before starting the High Pointing.
We had originally planned to leave yesterday, however the weather forecast called for a huge snow storm (amazingly the first snow of the winter) so with our son's suggestion we decided to leave the day before yesterday (28th). Lucky that we did, cause yesterday morning, our daughter Julie informed us that they already had 8-10" of snow and 15-20" was expected. We probably would have been still there shoveling ourselves out.
We lost the snow and the wet roads around mid-PA. Today we had a gorgeous day, sun with 12 degree C. Ideal for the woods.

AREA 2 .... a wack/scramble.... 200 yards, 25 minutes RT.
Twin Oak Road is now paved all the way (one of the locals told me that this road is the old 50).
Michael parked at the northwest side of the Knob (past a barn), this spot is at a right-bend in the road and now has a large "STOP" sign (39.31114,-81.13564)... a one lane road is ahead. I parked on the left side before this bend and wacked/scrambled up the steep slope 100 yards to the top.

AREA 1 ... wack and track .... 1.2 miles, 55 minutes RT.
We first tried an approach from the south side, Brushy Fork Road CR50-3, the satellite image looked promising and I thought perhaps I could drive to Michael's "... intersect a good gravel road..... ". Well the road got very rough at 1.5 miles and I was still a good distance away, so we turned around and went with Michael's route from CR1-6 at Schultz, now signed Sharps Run Road.
Michael's parking spot "....opposite the hollow trending east ....." is at 39.29467,-81.23307 and now has a Trailer House. The place looked deserted however the outside light was on, so I knocked with no answer. Rose, staying back and not all too happy, will deal with whatever comes her way .... luckily no one showed up.
The woods up the hollow are open with no obstacles.

"A PERSON IS LOST WHEN HE KNOWS HE'S HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION AND FAILS TO MAKE A U-TURN."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:570 ft / 173 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:visit to 2 areas
    Trailhead:CR50-34  900 ft / 274 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack



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