Harrisonburg City Highpoint Trip Report
two unnamed areas (1,760+ ft)
Date: May 6, 2005
Author: Fred Lobdell
For the 1,767-foot spot elevation area, see my previous trip report.
This report concerns only the area on the city line.
I followed Don Derosiers's trip report, parking on Betts Road and hiking up from
the northeast. Betts Road is a narrow gravel road, so I parked at a pullout a
couple of hundred yards east of the power lines.
I hiked up somewhat steeply through open woods to the ridge crest, where I found
a man cutting and gathering firewood. He was an employee of the Mr. Frazier who
owns the land in the area and lives in a large and impressive stone house on the
southwest side of the ridge. The topographic map shows the city/county line to
be just on the city side of the power lines and I walked the ridge line toward
the city to the edge of the open, grassy area. Near the northeast edge of this
area are three trees and I felt that the ground under these trees was slightly
higher than anything else back toward the power lines and was thus the HP of
Also not mentioned in previous reports, I found reference marker "Frazier No. 1"
with a date of 1965, along with a badly abused witness post, at the base of one
of the power line stanchions. I followed the arrow for a couple of hundred
yards but was unable to find the bench mark; it may be gone or buried.
By this route, this is a round trip of about a third of a mile with an
elevation gain of about 200 feet.