Ascent of Chippewa County High Point on 2019-07-28

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, July 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chippewa County High Point
    Elevation:1090 ft / 332 m

Ascent Trip Report

1090+ ft.

Sunday, 7/28/2019

This county holds sentimental value for me because it is one of my previous home counties. When I was a child, my father retired from the Air Force. His last station of duty was at Kincheloe AFB, and we lived there about two years as his military career came to an end. This was only the second tie I had been to the region since that date.

Most of the time, I simply set my car’s GPS to the HP coordinates, and I drive as close as possible without incident. But this county is a great example of why street directions are invaluable. I set my coordinates, and they brought me to a road that was called McNearney Lake Road. The tower was supposed to be on that road. The problem was, this road brought me to the west side of the lake into a lake neighborhood. As I was driving, I noted signs that spoke of this being a private association area, so I was not sure what I would encounter.

Eventually I noted that I was too close to the lake, and I sensed that something was wrong with my route-finding. Before long, a group of four came walking along the road, so I decided to stop them to ask a couple questions. They confirmed that the road I wanted was indeed the McNearney Lake Road, but I could not get to the tower from here. They gave me directions back to the main paved road, Salt Point Road. They told me to follow it until it bent from east to north. The McNearney Road would be the first dirt road to the left.

Looking back, I see now that their directions took me the identical way that the Schwab report would have brought me. Relying solely on my GPS had cost me a few minutes of time; I am thankful that I eventually got back on track. I followed the road directly to the tower, and I parked at the tip just outside the fence on the west side of the tower.

I recalled that the BM was supposed to be found on the west side of the tower. So I walked along the fence on the west side, and I found the BM at the SW corner in the middle of some large downed trees that had been stacked near the fence. The BM was dirty, so I got some water to splash off the dirt before I took a couple pictures of the marker.

I walked around the tower fence perimeter, looking inside for the RM that was supposed to be there. I never did see the RM, but the ground was covered with lots of debris. The RM was probably covered with leaves or other debris.

I noted the higher ground in the woods east of the tower. This was on the opposite side of the tower from where I had parked. I was satisfied that I had found the high ground, and I returned to my car and drove it down the hill.

The middle contour was visited by parking near the ATV trail mentioned by Schwab, about 0.1mi away from the summit. I followed the ATV trail and my GPS to area 2.

I then followed my GPS to area 3. Once I summited the third of the bumps, things got interesting. I followed the Schwab report down to what I thought was the east-west ATV trail. I followed it a bit, and it came to another north-south ATV trail. But when I followed this one north, it did not head back to the car. It actually dropped me down to a road near the lake, and I was not sure how I was to get back from there. Eventually, I found one of the neighbors who was friendly enough to get me set straight.

She pointed me down the road to where I would find a trail that led me back up to the tower. I found the trail, and I climbed it to east side of the tower complex. From here, I hiked down the road to where my car was parked. The three summits had been visited, though in a more roundabout way than expected. Git ‘er done!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:230 ft / 69 m
    Total Elevation Loss:230 ft / 69 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:90 ft / 27 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 40 ft / 12 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Start Trailhead:1050 ft / 320 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 40 ft / 12 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    End Trailhead:1050 ft / 320 m

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