Ascent of Wayne County High Point on 2017-11-05
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, November 5, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Wayne County High Point|
| Elevation:||1320 ft / 402 m|
Ascent Trip ReportCoHP – WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO
I was in the area attending a Permanence of Marriage retreat near Millersburg, OH. I was surprised to find that the Wayne County highpoint was just north across the Holmes / Wayne county line, about 6 miles away. I made a mental note, and I went CoHP’ing after the retreat concluded.
I followed the directions previously provided by Bob Schwab and Ben Lostracco. I was driving north on Holmes County Road 652, which becomes S. Kansas Road, aka Wayne County Road 179. I turned right (east) at the green mailbox sign that proclaimed arrival at “9358”, which I believe Schwab referred to as “9348”. I drove the short distance to the house on the left, and I parked near the white building to the right when I noted people and movement inside that building.
As I got out of my car, I was greeted by a man who exited the white building. I identified my reason for being there, and this man led me to the house to speak to the landowner for permission. I later learned that this Amish gentleman was the brother of the landowner.
At the house, the man was told that the landowner was in the barn farther north, so we walked a short distance in that direction. I was surveying the fence line that I could see to determine my ultimate entry point into the fields beyond. Soon, we saw a man near the barn, and he was walking in our direction.
I introduced myself to this second man, who confirmed that he was the landowner. I asked if he knew his farm was the highest in Wayne County, and he affirmatively responded. I asked if he knew where the highest ground was located, and he pointed to the southwest to a tree near a fence. This was about a hundred yards away, and it was clearly the highest ground once it was pointed out. It was on the western of the two contours. I looked into the field to see the second smaller contour, and it was clear that the smaller contour was lower. I chose not to visit the second, smaller contour, an act supported by both Schwab and Lostracco.
I asked if the landowner would permit me to enter the field to visit the high spot, and he consented. I asked if he had a preference about where and how. He instructed me to return to the road and park in front of the white house. From there it was a short hike up the hill to the tree near the obvious high ground. NOTE: This westernmost contour that crosses the road is not at all level. I witnessed a slope that constantly increased as you moved west-to-east, and the fence and tree area were easily recognized as the high ground.
I made the hike up the field after finding a way across a relatively deep and wide gully at the road. It was an easy hike through a low ground-cover crop, clover perhaps. I easily pulled apart the strands of barbed wire of the fence, and I made the pass through and back with no major damage to self or clothing. So I hiked both sides of the fence, wandering around the tree area and tagging all that seemed to be high ground.
It was not yet dark, so I decided to drive to nearby Tuscarawas County to try to climb to its highpoint.
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