Ascent of Indiana Dunes National Park High Point on 2019-06-15

Climber: Andrew Mack

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Indiana Dunes National Park High Point
    Elevation:900 ft / 274 m

Ascent Trip Report

In South Bend for a baseball tournament with my son. He had pitched last game and wasn't set to play in the Saturday morning game so I took advantage of the time and drove the 44 miles from our hotel to the bog. My route brought me in from the north along Wozniak Road.

When I arrived the rain had increased quite a bit. Two things: check the weather closely and wear long pants. The inordinate amount of rain we've had in the mid-west this year has helped all plants grow to prodigious sizes and the thorns are out in force. Moving around off trail was a little painful and the trail itself is mostly water. Followed Gary Neben's account and found the park boundary sign on a slight rise north of the trail.

I then continued to follow the Upland Trail around the park as it crosses two creeks with nice bridges and then crosses the southern end of a beautiful lake/pond which is currently quite swollen from all the rain. The trail does a nice circuit of the park where I saw many deer who were braving the rain just as I was.

I suspect with all of the under brush as thick as it is this high point might be best done in spring or fall (winter too if there's not too much snow).

Summary Total Data
    Route:Upland Trail
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes

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