Ascent of Stony Tower Hill on 2010-07-31

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Eric Morse
Alan Bernier
Date:Saturday, July 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stony Tower Hill
    Elevation:2080 ft / 633 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our final “big” day of bagging started with us driving 10 mile to Pike County to see if we could get close to the county high point. The trip reports on were accurate which meant we had a 6 mile run if we wanted to bag the summit of Pike Mountain. I felt this would be too aggressive with my Plantar Fascia problems having caused me to miss nearly a week of running and knowing we had a minimum of 7 miles of running ahead of us at other peaks. We headed northeast 90 miles to Isabella, MN and Stony Tower Hill (2,080’) the county high point of Lake County. The trip report is accurate but the road was a bit too overgrown for the Kia rental vehicle. We parked at a small road junction and ran the last mile to the overgrown path to the top. It wasn’t quite a bushwhack but it certainly was getting to that point. We found the top and some witness markers along with footings from the former fire tower. The bugs were happy to have us visit so we didn’t linger long. The run was just under 20 minutes round trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:Overgrown section of trail  1900 ft / 579 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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