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Ascent of Leitch BM on 2018-03-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Leitch BM
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:670 ft / 204 m

Ascent Trip Report

A visit to 3 areas, 5.5 miles, 370' gain, allow 3:30 hours with the in-between driving.

We came here armed with the always-reliable Ken Oeser's TR and hopefully finding the drive-up that Ken writes about, " ..............., the hard work has been done and a good gravel road found, now somebody needs to take that next step and drive-up." Well, we found part of the drive-up but a locked gate prevented it. This TR only adds information, one must read Ken to make sense of things.

AREA 1 - Ken directions nicely got us here and like Ken couldn't find the LEITCH BM, even though the grass was very short. We talked to David, homeowner of the house (MB#255) across the road, he had never heard of the Leitch BM.

AREAS 2 & 3
From Area 1 we drove back to CR578 and went north for 2.9 miles to a left turn on Hwy #93, 1.3 miles west arrived at a 4-WAY-JCT in the hamlet of Lomasco (JCT hwy 93/1097&903). We zeroed our odo.
0.00M ... from the JCT in Lomasco we drove generally south on the winding/paved CR1097.
0.68M ... stayed right at the fork, always on the main road.
1.05M ... stayed left at another fork still on CR1097 (also named here as McNab Creek Road), there is a house on the left. The pavement ends here and road continues as a rough gravel.
1.37M ... locked gate, signs "Tree Farm", "No Trespassing". This was our TH.

I quick-paced the McNab Creek Road southerly for approx. 1.5 miles (always staying on the main road and ignoring side roads) to a left turn on an unsigned road which climbs gently southeast .25 miles to Ken's AREA 2. From here-on Ken provides the directions.

My route is a bit longer than Ken's, however perhaps easier going. Also the landowner of this route may be the same as that of Ken's. To repeat/add-to Ken's challenge - the work to find the drive-up has been done, now what remains is the very hard work to find/get-permission from the landowner.

We had time to visit the TVA Kentucky Dam, at the north end of the Kentucky Lake, whose waters continue north as the Tennessee river, on its way to the Ohio River. This is a-must-see-impressive-huge-installation, if in the area. We drove over the dam to the downstream side of the dam, right at the water's edge - the water was very high with the rains of late. A lot of visitors on this day.

"KENTUCKY WOMAN
SHE SHINES WITH HER OWN KIND OF LIGHT
SHE'D LOOK AT YOU ONCE
AND A DAY THAT'S ALL WRONG
LOOKS ALL RIGHT
AND I LOVE HER
GOD KNOWS, I LOVE HER.

KENTUCKY WOMAN
IF SHE GETS TO KNOW YOU
SHE GOIN' TO OWN YOU
KENTUCKY WOMAN" ..................... neil diamond lyrics.





Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:370 ft / 112 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:visit to 3 areas
    Trailhead:High Point Lane/McNab Creek Road  500 ft / 152 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack



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