Benton County Highpoint Trip Report

one area - Round Top (680+ ft)

Date: April 16, 2005
Author: Bob Schwab

This is an update to Ken Oeserís original trip report.

From Exit 116 on I-40, drive north 1.5 miles and turn right on Hester-Pecan Tree Road. Drive east for 1 mile, turn right on Cavia Road, and continue east another 2 miles to a gravel access road on the left. This gravel road has been altered since Ken used it. It leaves the paved road about 0.1 mile west of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and runs north off the highway, just west of some gravel piles. Drive down the track and in just 0.1 mile you will come to an open gate with two white posts, indicating the property is used by the 29 Pines Hunting Club. Continue north for 0.3 mile and note a sign on the left for 14th Avenue. You really have to look carefully because this grassy path is all thatís left of Kenís old gravel road that drops down into the hollow on the left. Stay right (donít take the grassy path) and continue on the main track which stays high on the ridge. The path becomes increasingly narrow and rutted in another 0.6 mile (about 1 mile off the paved road), so look for a place to turn around and park along the path.

Continue, now hiking, north on this ATV path as it drops, then branch to the left as it ascends to the boulders that crown Round Top. There is a large 6x6 concrete block base right at the top, which suggests theyíre getting ready to build a tower or something up there.

I got faked out by Kenís original report when I drove in -- I simply stopped 0.9 mile in and started hiking like his report suggested but the terrain didnít match his report. My GPS confirmed that I wasnít going to need to bushwhack up a hollow but simply had to follow the ridge. This site is much easier to visit today except I wouldnít want to be in here during hunting season.