Bullitt County Highpoint Trip Report
Dawson Knob and one area 1,600 ft southwest (980+ ft)
one area 1,200 ft northeast of Dawson Knob - BM Mountain Top (980+ ft)
Date: June 20, 2005
Author: Bill Schuler
on Pitts Point quadrangle
I expected this one to be a lot harder, if not impossible, to get permission but
it turned out to be simple. I went North on Hwy 31W from Radcliff, KY and took
the Bullion Boulevard off-ramp to the Chaffee entrance gate to Fort Knox.
There you'll find a Visitor Center. After talking with Sgt. Baker on duty,
showing him my maps, and explaining what I wanted to do, he called a Liaison Officer,
SPC-4 Linderman at 505-624-2111. Mr. Linderman had a few more questions for me
and then gave permission to hike onto the Fort Knox property from the east.
He warned me not to touch any ordnance I might find. He talked again with Sgt.
Baker and I overheard the comment "He looks harmless". Sgt. Davis then made
copies of my identification and called the MPs at 502-624-2112 to tell them what
I planned to do and that I have an OK to do it. I returned to Radcliff and took
LA 313 East to Interstate 65. I went north on the Interstate to exit 112 at
Route 245. Zero your odometer here.
0.0 I-65 and Route 245 - go west on 245
0.8 Junction with Highway 61 - turn right (north)
1.2 Pine Valley Road (unsigned) - turn left (west)
1.4 Highway 1494 - go straight
2.3 Tracy Layne Road on right - go straight
2.5 Pine Valley Court on left - go straight
2.9 Peacock Hollow Road on left - go straight
3.3 Roy Layne Road at a Baptist Church in the hamlet of Beech Grove - turn left
3.5 Circular drive ahead - turn left
3.6 Pavement ends - still OK for passenger cars but potholed
4.0 Unsigned, posted road to right - go straight
4.5 A couple of Posted signs
5.3 A field road - park or drive
5.4 Field road turns right - go straight to locked cable and park if you are still driving.
Note: The roads in the area are confusing and there's probably a better way to
get there. Try your luck. I drove in there twice on entirely different routes
and wasn't sure where I was on either trip. From the road head the peaks are
about 1.5 miles due West. I hiked the road with it's ups and downs to Dawson Knob,
went southwest along a lesser track about 0.3 mile to the second point and
backtracked northeast beyond Dawson Knob 0.2 mile to Mountain Top. It's a
heavily timbered area with few views but pretty nonetheless. My GPS was helpful
when I could get a signal but map and compass worked better. I wasn't stopped
or bothered by anyone.