Tazewell County High Point Trip Report
Date: June 14, 2001
I enjoyed this hike a lot. I loved the way the pieces fitted together. I put ribbon at spot where rusty fence
line meets road and another at weak spot where I hit SE Maiden ridge (2 to give direction on the return
descent). Found Maiden No. 1 BM 1933 OK.
The trail between Maiden and the rock outcropping is very poor, but from the rock outcrops to the 4680+
HP is wide and open enough for ATV's or snowmobiles. I'm guessing people wanted to end up at the rock
outcrop coming up from Hutchinson Rock. The 4,680+ ft spot is graced with 2 conifers, as is easily proved by
approaching them both from the SSW and going further down the path, turning around, and approaching
from Hutchinson side.
I climbed one of these trees and got a view with my hand level back at Maiden. It's not even a close call.
Maiden is a LOT higher. My eyes were 10-15 feet above the ground and still my level was looking into the
SIDE of Maiden, well below where the highest trees could have had their roots. I thought that open grassy
"swag" was an amazing area. Whole hike: 6.25 hours. Sure was glad I used the ribbons, and picked them
up on the way back.
Author: Bob Packard