Pine County Highpoint Trip Report

one area (1,360 ft)

Date: August 15, 2004
Author: Mark Ness

I had intended to follow the trails south, then northeast, then west from the trailhead but the trails were under swampland so I cut cross-country, slogging through swamp, knee deep in places, aiming for high ground whenever I could find it, bushwhacking through fallen trees, thick woods, reached the top in 4.5 hours.

The summit was not marked, but the highest ground has a moss-covered stone sticking up. Heavily wooded area. Mosquitoes at the top were the worst I have ever experienced.

I decided on a more dry return trip and followed the first west, then southwest, then west-trending ridge, then bushwhacking north, to get back to the end of the road. I lost the ridge a couple of times and had to slog but it was not deep. From the end of the road back to the trailhead and my truck was a only a quarter-mile slow walk on the road. Return time was 1.7 hours. Total time out of my truck was almost 6.5 hours.

Experienced forest ridge-walkers should be able to hike to the top and back, with minimal swamp-slogging, in way under 3 hours from the end of the forest road.

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