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Ascent of Mount Christie on 2019-10-27

Climber: Fred Nelson

Others in Party:Fred Jones
Date:Sunday, October 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Christie
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1280 ft / 390 m

Ascent Trip Report

All previous directions were accurate. Turning onto Saratoga Drive, I did notcie the same guardhouse listed in all the other reports. However, the sign now says "Saratoga Drive - Access Only for Residents and Invited Guests". Pulling in to the neighborhood, we notice a little pull off to the left on the other side of the hill. I stop the car, and Fred refuses to get out for fear of trouble. There's a small foot trail going up from the pull-off, leading to a larger trail. Around here, I saw five deer running into the woods. I walk a little bit up to the base of the hill, and climb up the very steep embankment. I reach the top, where the ground has absolutely been broken. There was a house to the right, and it appeared they were getting ready to build on where I gauged the high ground to be, which was a small rise most likely put there by an excavator. I climb back down, get Fred from the car, and climb up again. He is not quite the connoisseur of highpointing that I am, and it took quite some convincing to get him to the top of that rise. We returned quite uneventfully to the car. A small note, the view from Christie is one of the most impressive vistas I have seen in Michigan - including the Upper Peninsula and the Huron National Forest.
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A more modern view of the top of Mt. Christie. I have no doubt that they are building a house (2019-10-27). Photo by Fred Nelson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:75 ft / 22 m
    Route:Somewhat Maintained Trail
    Trailhead:Saratoga Drive Pulloff  1205 ft / 367 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Rainy, but Beautiful Fall Day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes



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