Franklin County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: October 2, 2006
We provide updates and corrections to previous reports. The trail enters
private woods across from the intersection of Bliss road where an unofficial
wood sign on the right/east side of Tilda Road warns "slow bumps ahead".
Thorn bushes are now high and intrusive in the "small field" north of the house but
ATVs have kept this (and many other) paths open. At the far end of the property,
a new use-it-or-lose-it sign still reminds users to stay on the trail
provided by a landowner across his land. Blazes were few once we passed the
private land but the right turn up is clear and either branch from the shoulder
gets you to the first open area and wind gauge. The cairn is at the south edge
of the open area and many be shrouded by foliage from some angles in summer but
we did not encounter poison ivy. We approached from the north but Dave Covill's
suggested backtracking would be easier. We continued south using the ATV path
that Dave described.
The nested plastic bottles hanging from wire about 2 meters up in a tree are a
challenge but, if you find them, you are certainly close to highest ground.
We could not find the register using Gene Daniell's or Dave Covill's suggestions.
Brian Connelly's description for finding the register is OK except that it says
north where it should say south and 330 where 130 is needed. We recommend
taking the path 25-30 meters south of the clearing, then turning left into the
woods to bushwhack southeast along the ridge. We Lobdellized the ridge south of
the south tower and found the register but no ground markers. We concur with
Trapper Robbins that ground just SSE of the register is slightly higher and with
Dave Covill that the south bump is the highest.
Authors: Sue Ann Miller and Frank Price