Ascent of Burnett County High Point on 2014-05-05

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Burnett County High Point
    Elevation:1470 ft / 448 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove to the driveway Roosevelt #20093 for the fire tower first. There are posting signs, but it's state owned land. I walked around the tower's fence and determined that the small fence enclosed nearly completely flat ground and the soil outside was of equal elevation. Next I drove south and took a left on a road right on the county line. The road ends at a gate with signs for the Ice Age Trail saying that the trail is on private property and to stay on the trail. There is a house and a small lake close to the gate. I parked here and walked the trail to the east on the edge of a field and even encountered a patch of snow. Then the trail went north into the woods. I easily found the highest bump which is the largest contour on the map. It was maybe 20' to the left of where the trail went over the rise in the land. The eastern contour looked definitely lower, and the one to the west did as well, although it was farther away. I may have heard a loon while on the hike and enjoyed the other wilderness noises.

Tower: 1min up 1 min down
Big Contour: 10min up 10min down

This county has been graced by being next to Barron County which carried out a LiDAR project which incidentally mapped these highpoints with 2' contours. Here are the results:

Burnett County: Four Areas 1470’+
Data comes from the 2’ contours created from the Barron County LiDAR project
Area 1: 1468’+
N45.64347 W92.08406
Area 2: 1474’+ -winner
N45.64350 W92.07966
Area 3: 1468’+
N45.64363 W92.07819
Area 4: 1470’+
N45.64334 W92.09358

Therefore, only the large contour that is barely off trail on the Ice Age trail needs to be visited.
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The fire tower at the Burnett County Highpoint (main summit contour) as seen from the west (2014-05-05). Photo by Gustav Sexauer.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:65 ft / 20 m
    Elevation Loss:65 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:55 ft / 17 m
    Extra Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Ice Age Trail
    Trailhead:1425 ft / 434 m
    Time Up:11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:55 ft / 17 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Ice Age Trail
    Trailhead:1425 ft / 434 m
    Time Down:11 Minutes

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