...after one previous unsuccessful attempt to find this summit, my strategy was to follow a spring that flows into Mountain Lake. I followed the spring up to a point where it looked to be nearest the summit. There was a trail that crossed the spring at this point. From here, I headed steeply uphill towards the summit. I found a log fort near the top and then spent about an hour roaming around the flat summit area looking for the true summit. I finally found it by heading directly northwest from the log fort. Strangely enough, a trail passes right next to the actual summmit, which is marked by a cairn. I took a bunch of different unmarked trails back to Mountain Lake trail and back to the parking lot by MOuntain Lake. Glad this one is done.
...continued hiking on Mountain Lake trail past JJ#3. I took the trail until i reached the col between JJ#3 and JJ#4. At this point, I headed southwest and steeply uphill quickly reaching two false summits. After hiking down into another semi-col and then back up, I reached the flat summit area.
I found the wood log cabin-like pile but this did not appear to be the high point. I continued to a point which appeared to possibly be the actual summit, but I did not find a cairn as described by others. With darkness approaching and being leery of hunters..I had to give up and return to my car. I don't think i can consider this ascent to be successful.
JJ#4 was as difficult as JJ#3 was easy. After following the Yellow Trail down to the col, it was difficult to determine just where I was. I gave up on the trails and woods roads and just went up whenever possible. It was raining lightly, and the dense vegetation made it feel jungle-like. Reached the summit area; found no cairn, but did find the logs mentioned by others.
I didn't want to return the way I had come, so decided to go east, then northeast and sidehill JJ#3. Things got steeper than expected, and I ended up on Mt. Lakes Road with 1.5 miles back to the car. Actually a nice walk on the road, until it started raining again.
If I ever return to JJ #4, it will be when the leaves are off the trees
Bushwhacked down #3 without a clear view of where I was going. Dropped down then ascended a ridge to get a visual. Watched for high ground and watched the GPS for coordinates. Crossed several paths and woods roads. Ascended and descended several bumps I thought might be the top. They weren't! Had to cross a small stream and swampy area. Deep and lots of mud. Walked along the stream and found an almost dry area to cross. Kept walking UP until I ran into a woods road that went near the top. Found a stump with some oddly placed branches that matched GPS coordinates. Declared victory! Used CPS (canine positioning system) to get back to car.