Ascent of Gates County High Point on 2016-03-01

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Date:Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gates County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:85 ft / 25 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Gates County GIS map ( shows 5-foot contours, presumably based on LiDAR. Most of the 80-ft contours on the USGS maps actually top out in the 75 contour according to GIS.

We visited the two 80-foot contours on the GIS map as well as the previously recognized highpoint in the town of Gates, which is less than 75 feet according to GIS.

We started with the little hill in the town of Gates identified by Fred Lobdell. It is easy to visit at N36.50230 W76.76922 (NAD27) but it only has a 70-foot contour on the Gates GIS map.

From this point, continue north on NC27 to a house on the right at 1147 NC27. This is COHP Area 8. Only a friendly dog was at home when we visited. The 80-foot contour is southeast of the house near the back of the field and in the woods south of the field. The highest ground I found was at N36.51732 W76.76758 (NAD27).

Continue north on NC27 to US13. Turn right on US13 and then left on Reynoldson Road. Turn left onto a private and unsigned road (Harris Lane on the GIS map) which leads back to a field. This is COHP Area 3. There is supposed to be a small 80-foot contour in the field, but nothing was obvious to us. The contour at Area 8 is much larger and rises visibly, and I suspect it is the real COHP.
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COHP Area 8 shows 80ft contours in a field and woods east of NC37 north of Gates. (2016-02-03). Photo by Tom Layton.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Trailhead:65 ft / 19 m

Other Photos

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Gates COHP Area 3 shows 80-ft contour (2016-02-03). Photo by Tom Layton.
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