* by Edward Earl
A complete description of the legend for the access category map is given here.
- The HP is publicly accessible without restriction, i.e. it is publicly
owned or, if privately owned, the owner openly permits anyone to visit the HP.
- The HP is on public property (e.g. National Park or National Forest)
but requires a wilderness permit or equivalent. A highpointer can
simply show up and ask for the permit, i.e. no advance arrangements are necessary.
- The HP is on public property, a permit is required, and because of
a backcountry use quota or some other restriction, advance reservations are
recommended or required. A highpointer who shows up without having made
advance arramgements runs a risk of not getting access.
- The HP is privately owned and should not be visited without asking the owner.
However the owner grants access to anyone who shows up and asks. It is not
necessary to make advance arrangements.
- The HP is on private property and the owner permits visitation by anyone
who asks. However it is necessary to make the arrangements in advance.
- The HP is privately owned and the owner rarely if ever grants access
to highpointers. Physical security is minimal (e.g. any fences are easily
negotiable) and the HP could probably be reached by "stealthing it".
However a person entering the area will probably face "No Trespassing" signs
and risk a trespassing charge.
- The HP is on private property or a military facility and is protected by
physical security, e.g. fences are not easily negotiable, armed guards, patrols,
and/or infrared sensors. The owner rarely or never grants access, and a person
who attempts to visit the HP may be arrested.
- The access situation does not easily fall into any of the above categories.
A typical reason for this is that the HP is publicly accessible
only at certain times (e.g. Long Ridge, San Mateo CA, which is accessible only
during the Christmas tree shopping season; or Jerimoth Hill, Providence RI,
accessible only on one of the open access dates).