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Ascent of Union County High Point on 2018-01-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 11, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Union County High Point
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:380 ft / 115 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short whack in nasty briars .... 100 yds, 20 minutes RT for both areas.

Michael Schwartz and Hans Haustein's TRs are still good, however time has a way of changing things so this TR attempts to provide the latest on ground conditions. This would be an very easy county if it wasn't for the dense thorny brush.

From the JCT 57/82 we went east on 82 for 1.1 miles to the gated gravel road on the left, signed "Great Lakes Solutions", a logging company, no prohibitive signs. The new yellow gate was open so we decided to proceed.

We drove the gravel road north .7 miles to the fork where we stayed left and went less than .15 miles to its crest. On the right is a grass track that heads northeast 100+ yds to a turn-around at a Hunters Camp (a number of trailers).

We turned right on this track and parked at 20 yds, by looking carefully through the brush the AREA 1 Witness Post can be seen to the south at 10-12 yds. To get to it is another matter. I circled/fought my way/eventually getting there - not easy. Wore my bushwhacking gear.

Area 2 is much easier to get-to, I believe it to be lower in elevation.

"UNION COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1829 AND NAMED IN RECOGNITION OF THE CITIZENS PETITION FOR A NEW COUNTY, STATING THAT THEY WERE PETITIONING IN THE SPIRIT OF UNION AND UNITY. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 41639 AND ITS COUNTY SEAT AT EL DORADO. IT IS THE LARGEST COUNTY BY AREA IN ARKANSAS. UNION AND COLUMBIA COUNTIES HAVE THE LARGEST BROMINE RESERVE IN THE UNITED STATES."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Route:whack to 2 areas
    Trailhead:crest of dirt road  375 ft / 114 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack



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