Putnam County High Point Trip Report

spot elevation 1 1/4 miles south of Mount Zion Church (1,228 ft)

Date: December 2, 2001
Author: Mike Schwartz

From the junction of WV 3/34 go north 2.6 miles on WV 34. Turn right (southeast) onto Big Creek Road/CR 34-2, which becomes CR 56 at the Putnam/Lincoln County line. Take Big Creek Road 3.7 miles to a white house on the north side of the road. This is the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Brian King, who were very gracious. He even volunteered to drive me to the highpoint. Their house is shown on topozone a little west of south from the highpoint, at the opening of the hollow that heads toward the saddle southeast of the highpoint.

An old dirt road leaves from their property toward the visible high point knob, and soon joins a better dirt road that leads to the saddle. This is not the track road shown on the topo ascending the southeast side of the hollow, which leaves CR 56 beyond the King residence, from an old barn. From the saddle, go northwest on a dirt road to a large clearing at the summit, with excellent views. On my return, the King's graced me with a cold can of Mountain Dew, and I gave them my topozone printout.

Additional information: The actual highpoint is owned by Mr. Lonnie Boys, whose residence and sawmill are located 1/2 mile northwest of the King residence. The King's said he was good people and were going to share the topozone printout with him. The better dirt road joined on the climb up from the King residence leads downhill to an open, posted aluminum gate 0.4 mile northwest of the King house, opposite an abandoned house and an occupied white trailer.