Jefferson County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: February 11, 2005
Author: Bill Jacobs

Here's a slightly different route than Fred Lobdell's superb report, along with an option to drive to the highpoint and eliminating a cross-country hike. Of course, being a purist who disdains Martinizing, I stopped 10 feet short of the summit and hoofed it the rest of the way.

The "Greens Road" mentioned in Fred's report is now Otinger Road.

From the intersection of US 19 and US 90 in Monticello, take 19 north about 0.7 mile to Lake Road on the left. (My humble apologies, the 0.7 mile is only a guess.) The turn-off for Lake Road is immediately over a rise after passing, in order, a Fred's Store, an Amoco gas station, and a Citgo.

Follow Lake Road 10.1 miles, passing Otinger Road at 3.0 miles on the right. At 10.1 miles, turn right (north) onto North Norias. The road cuts right through the middle of a cemetery - you may want to think twice about trying this highpoint at night. At 1.4 miles up Norias, off to the right, is a faint trace of a road. Follow this road to the highpoint through pasture and glen, opting for the most easterly route when confronted with an intersection decision. The road is suitable for a two-wheel drive vehicle, absent recent rains.

Near the top is a grave honoring a J. D. Turner, who passed away in 1884. This is not prima facie evidence that Fred Lobdell should abdicate his first ascent throne.