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Ascent of Boone County High Point on 2018-03-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boone County High Point
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:960 ft / 292 m

Ascent Trip Report


This county has 20 candidate high point areas and will require more than one visit due to time constraints on the first trip. My source information was Levi Foust TR which still applies.
I have numbered the Areas according to PB and visited them as listed here. I will have this one only TR revised with each visited.
Inspite of the 20 areas this county is easy to do.
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VISIT #1 DATED 2015-03-15 ... successful visit to the 10 most southern areas (Between Kensington and Walton).
We did these 10 Areas starting with the 4 most southern areas after visiting Kenton County - see its TR for the driving directions to the County Line on Hwy #16. The County Line BM is right on the Line as noted in the Kenton County TR.

AREA 17 (38.88762,-84.59976)
The HP is in the front yard of house #356, 30 yards west of the County Line just north of the road at the tree.

AREA 18 (38.88705,-84.60536)
This whole area for 18, 19 & 20 is a big mess ... there is the R R Tracks cutting right through the high ground contour, the construction of the R R Track overpass and the road and house construction on both sides of the R R Tracks. Not much natural ground here, however conclusions are easy.
.4 miles west of the county line on Hwy #16 is Mullen Road on the south side just before the overpass. On the north side is an unnamed dirt road leading north 80 yards to the HP.

AREA 19 (38.88547,-84.60693)
Mullen Road heads south, immediately to the right is Bessmer Lane which heads west then south, along/above the Tracks. House "#107 G Kinman" is on the corner at 100 yards with the HP.

AREA 20 (38.88533,84.60796)
This HP is west of the Tracks, directly opposite of Area 19. To get to it we went south on Bessmer 200 yards to a closed-off road that crosses the Tracks. We parked here, walked across the Tracks to the Gaines House, then north on the Road to the HP. I looked/couldn't find the BM.
An historic plaque reads "Abner Gaines House (National Register Monument), built in the 1790, became owner of the first stage line between Lexington and Cincinnati in 1818. House was used as an inn and stagecoach stop. John P Gaines, Abner's son was appointed governor of Oregon Territory in 1850."

********* NB: I agree with Levi Foust - of these 4 very-most-southern areas, AREA 19 is the highest.

From Mullen Road we went back west .4 miles to Hwy #25 where we went left (north) and in .3 miles turned right onto Old Lexington Pike which makes an immediate left and goes north.

AREA 16 (38.89788,-84.60708) - At .5 miles north on the right is the Benton Haunted House, MB#11896, which sits on the HP. I walked the area, tours can be purchased for the haunted house. After checking out the other 5 areas, this area is probably the highest.

AREA 15 - At 200 yards further north on the right is #11886 with the HP at 15 yards at the trees. This is an industrial building of sorts. Obviously much lower than the Benton house.

AREA 14 - At 150 yards further north is #11842, I sited back with my eye-level and its evident that this area is not a contender.

AREA 13 & 12 are at #11822 in the grounds of a large transportation company "FITS".
AREA 11 is off of Cummings Road just north of "FITS" and behind industrial building.
The high ground of these 3 area is long gone and are not candidate high points.

****** NB: Here also I agree with Levi Foust - of the 6 areas (11-16) there is only one candidate high point and that is AREA 16 (Benton House).

CONCLUSION FROM THIS FIRST VISIT
Of these 10 most southern areas only 2 are candidate high point areas, AREA 16 and 19 - IMO the others should be removed from the list.
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VISIT #2 DATED 2018-03-19 .... successful at the 10 Northern Areas.

All of these 10 Northern Areas, in the built-up residential/commercial area off of Hwy 25 (along the N-S ridge line), are easily accessed. There is not much natural ground to speak of here, also time has a way of changing things since Levi's visit of 17 years ago.
My conclusion is similar-to that of Levi's, except in the case of AREA 6, which I believe is the area referred-to in Levi's TR as "... .The Southernmost is located in a field, just south of the trailer park....". Well, the field is now home to a large commercial complex signed "Valissis". The whole area has been flattened/lowered for the construction and is not a candidate.
Another major change is at AREA 1 - the contour has been removed for the construction of a large commercial building (a transport of company of sorts), in fact a small grass ridge across the road is higher in elevation.
The land to the west of these 10 Northern Areas, between Hwy 25 & I-75 is now dense residential, making Hwy 25 a very busy hwy.



"BOONE COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1798 AND NAMED FOR FRONTIERSMAN DANIEL BOONE. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 118,811 (MAKING IT THE 4TH MOST POPULOUS COUNTY IN THE STATE), ITS SIZE 256 SQUARE MILES AND ITS COUNTY SEAT AT BURLINGTON.
IT'S MAJOR ECOMONIC DRIVER IS THE CINCINNATI/NORTHEN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AND THE HEADQUARTERS OF DHL EXPRESS, SOUTHERN AIR AND DELTA PRIVATE JETS."


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:10 northern areas
    Trailhead:I-75, exit 178 east to hwy 536/25  950 ft / 289 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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