Ascent of Friendship Mound on 2010-04-11

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
Date:Sunday, April 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:Friendship Mound
    Elevation:1290 ft / 393 m

Ascent Trip Report

We rode in going South on 13 after highpointing Juneau County. We turned right on the edge of Friendship on Mound View Road. Next we turned right and went to the base area of the Skyline Ski Area on 13th Court. There are large signs that state that the ski area is closed and that trespassing is not allowed. Being county highpointers and skiers, we had a necessity to have a look around though and we began climbing straight up the main chairlift's liftline. It was actually quite steep in places, meaning that it could have been some good skiing for Wisconsin. Once at the top, we found the highpoint to be right at the unloading station. Great views to the west at the top. On our way down some turkey vultures soared above us and danced through the open spaces between the trees. It was a pretty quick hike, and its always nice to get to see a ski area. Hopefully it will one day reopen and we can ski there. For those wanting to avoid the trespassing signs, I bet you could climb up on the east side from highway 13 through the trees.
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The forgotten ski trails on Friendship Mound (2010-04-11). Photo by Gustav Sexauer.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:330 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Trailhead:960 ft / 292 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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