Ascent of Lauderdale County High Point on 2017-01-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lauderdale County High Point
    Elevation:520 ft / 158 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is our 8th day of our "Texas Winter Trip 2017", the goal of which is to attempt my remaining 27 COHPs in Texas, thereby having attempted all of the Texas Counties (but not necessarily succeeding on all of them). Today is our last hiking day in TN as we slowly make our way to Texas, this TR covers all of the day's activities.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY HIGH POINT .... the visit to 24 areas is all very easy on the side of main roads, little hiking on only 7 areas -- allow 5 hours.

Ken Oeser excellent detailed TR of 2002 still applies and is all one needs. This TR attempts to update/add detail only where necessary, and it's not a stand alone TR - one must read Ken. My reference to Ken's report is according to the Paragraph Number, and the Area numbers I provide is a-la PB.

Paragraph #2 (Areas 5,6,7,8,9,10). My eye level told me that of the 4 southern Areas, #8 (east side of road, just north of white house MB#2938 is the highest), one can forget the others.
The large landfill contour (west side of road) Area #10, has what I believe is natural contending high ground at the road, opposite the lower #9.

Paragraph #3 (Area 4). The dirt road was cabled off at the main road, it was a short .5 mile walk southeast, albeit muddy with the rains of the last number of days.

Paragraph #4 (Areas 2,3,20). The white house north of the cemetery at the corner of Dry Hill Road/Curve Nankipoo Road is not the owner of Area 2. The lady who rents the house told me that the owner's mother lives at the house 2 doors south (this is Area 20, the red brick house at the cemetery), didn't know where her son lived. We went there for permission, no one home so I chanced a hike to Area 2 & 3.

Paragraph #5 (Areas 16,13,14,15). My eye level told me that Area 13 (south side of road MB#2373) is the highest of the 4, although #15 (furthest west) could be a contender (too far to be sure).

Paragraph #6 (Areas 1,17,18,19,24(Ripley Tower)). For Area 17 (furthest east) A paved driveway leads a short distance north with no house, its now an open field with the HP at less than 100 yards.
A maintenance guy at the Lookout Tower(#24) told us that the locals see this Tower as the HP of the County (not so) and that TN is removing a whole bunch of Towers as they serve no purpose. This one has earth-quake monitoring equipment.

Paragraph #7 (Area 11). An abandoned house with an overgrown paved driveway and tall grass all around is on the north side of the road across the United Methodist Church. The high ground is 100 yards behind in an open field.

Paragraph #9 (Areas 21,22,23). The western-most-contour (#22) is inside the signed "Wildlife Refuge", the contour is heavily overgrown with head-high thorny brush. At its southeast side (by the road, west of the house) is a sign plus a Witness Post Survey Marker. A grass track (not without thorns) leads north to the high ground, the stomping around is not easy. Limited views.

CONCLUSION ... one can easily remove 11 Areas from the list (Areas 5,6,7,9,20,3,16,14,18,24,23).

RIPLEY LOOKOUT TOWER ... A drive up with Lauderdale county High Point (Area 24).
On Crihfield road .25M north of Dry Hill Road. Stairs are open and look to be in good shape.

We moved south to our next hike.

From the small community of Arp, JCT #19/Central Road (Cemetery on corner), we went west on #19 for 2.6M to a left turn Craig Road, which we followed (as it goes south then west) for another 2.6M to a right turn on Snyder Bluff Road. The Tower is to the left beside the road at .4M - unkept with overgrown grounds, bottom stairs have been removed. We've been told that numerous Towers are been removed as they serve no purpose, this is probably one of them. Limited views.
We backtracked/found our way south to the community of Cherry, JCT #87/371.

FORT PILLOW STATE PARK (HISTORIC PARK) HIGH POINT .... A short road/wack, 150 yards RT.
From the community of Cherry we went west on #87 for 7M to a right turn on Crucher Road, then 1.1M north to a gated woods road on the right (just past crest-of-road). Parked in front of gate.
I walked the road east 40 yds, then wacked right (south) 30 yds to the somewhat obvious HP. Fairly dense brush but easy, nothing special. No views.

We moved on to West Memphis, AR. for the night.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:410 ft / 124 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:visit to 24 areas
    Trailhead:dry hill road  510 ft / 155 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 

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