Clinton County High Point Trip Report

three areas (1,780+ ft)

Date: June 28, 2003
Authors: Ken Oeser and Kevin Williamson

From the junction of KY90 and KY1009 just east of the Clinton/Wayne county line, go south on KY1009 a little over a mile and turn right onto KY696. Follow this south for about 3 miles to the crest of the road and turn left onto a gravel road. Park here or drive another 0.8 mile or so and park. The road deteriorates and cannot be driven all the way to the highpoints. The road is dirt and has frequent mud holes the entire width of the road, making for interesting crossing. This road is a popular ATV road and gets a lot of visitation. We used mountain bikes, and got strange looks from some, were called brave by one group, and we got many friendly waves.

For the first two areas follow this road 5.5 miles to a crest in the road, then walk southwest to the small contour on the topo. A faint woods road goes close to the highpoint. From here go back to the ATV road and go south another mile to the point where the road and ridge turn west, then bushwhack uphill to the right and follow the ridge (southwest) to the highest area. (Note: This is also one of the 13 Wayne county contours.)

For the last area, return to the junction of the gravel road and KY696 and park. Take the gravel ATV road on the other side of the highway and go west uphill for 1.6 miles at a crest, and follow a dirt ATV trail left along the ridge 0.3 mile, then a faint woods trail due west the last 0.1 mile to the summit of this contour. The correct dirt road off the gravel road is the second left, and is just before a dirt road to the right that is shown on the topo.

Total mileage for the county is 17 miles from the gap at the highway, with about 1000 feet of gain for the 3 points.

Good topo reading skills and a compass are very handy for keeping track of the route on this county.