Ascent of Charles Mound on 2012-07-07

Climber: Andrew DeFeo

Others in Party:Brian Arditi
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Charles Mound
    Elevation:1235 ft / 376 m

Ascent Trip Report

We woke up Saturday morning and got a quick breakfast at the local inn before heading over to Charles Mound to summit the IL high point. On the way we passed through the town of Galena and the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant.

The state highpoint is on private property and it is only open 4 days a year for those who want to "climb" it so we really timed our trip perfectly.

It is basically a 2.2 mile hike up a dirt road and back. We met several other lovely high pointers up on the mound.

Charles Mound was my 10th state high point so far.

We got back to the car around 11:00am and hit the road. The day was really just getting started though.

P.S. There is a tree in the middle of the field as you exit that reminds me of the scene from Shawshank Redemption in Buxton where he mentions "the volcanic rock that has no earthly business of being there".
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