Ascent of Washington 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:Washington County High Point
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:50 ft / 15 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tax collectors and loggers have made Washington a little easier, at least for the moment. The Washington County tax office has a GIS map that clarifies the "Indefinite Boundary" in the tri-corner of Washington, Martin, and Beaufort. This puts Area 2 in Beaufort County. "Not a bushwhack I'd want to do twice," Brian Bockhahn wrote, and now we don't have to.

Area 1 was being clear-cut when we visited, so we found gates open and brush cleared. Bockhahn described this as "the fiery depths of an awful bushwhack," and it soon will be again, but for us it was clear 250 yards back to the spot LiDAR found a 52-foot contour. Logging tractors have left 3-foot-deep ruts in the land and no natural HP was left. The highest ground was along the roadside of Morris Tram Road, but I doubt that it was natural.

On the other hand, the GIS map moved the Washington-Martin line westward to add a large swath of timberland to Washington County. This includes a 52-foot spot elevation at the intersection of a logging road. I wouldn't be surprised if LiDAR could find a 54-foot contour somewhere in this land, but I'm not going to go looking for it. To access this area, turn west on unpaved Clark Road just north of COHP Area 3. A yellow gate here was open. Go about one mile and turn left (south) on a gravel road. After about a half mile, park at a fork in the road. This is spot elevation 52 and is just inside Washington County. There are probably 20 acres of timberland here inside the 50-foot contour. We found high ground near the road and didn't explore further. Take the left fork and continue south to Morris Tram Road, and then turn left to reach Area 1.

There was also a open yellow gate at the eastern end of Morris Tram Road where it connects with Long Ridge Road. If these gates are closed, Washington will be much tougher.

Area 3 was easy but unimpressive, marked by an abandoned antenna and a small cemetery.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Trailhead:40 ft / 12 m

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