Ascent of Mount Christie on 2010-08-17

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Christie
    Elevation:1280 ft / 390 m

Ascent Trip Report

1280+ ft.
Mount Christie

Tuesday, 8/17/2010

After Maybury State Park, it was on to Lapeer County and Mount Christie. I arrived to an empty security shack at the entrance. I could see the flagpole and gazebo above me, and I continued along the paved street to find the way to the top. A caretaker was cutting trees near a gravelly road that bent and went upward. He confirmed that this was the road to the top, but vehicles were no longer allowed. I asked if I could park somewhere nearby, and he pointed out a gravel spot across the street near the very large, turreted home that was currently vacant. I parked and headed up the easily-walked road to the top.

It was a sunny, clear day, and the views did not disappoint. I could clearly see for miles generally in all directions. Especially nice was the view of the horse farms just at the base of this hill. It was one of the nicest views I had seen in lower Michigan. As many readers are aware, Mount Christie is the highest peak (tied with Hillsdale County) in this part of the state, but its views are clearly superior.

Future visitors will want to carefully examine the weather vane sitting atop the gazebo. Is it just me, or is the weathervane attached backwards? The “N” pointed south, and the “S” pointed north, at least to this (bearing-challenged?) person. And if you like what you see, the area is still sparsely populated. Many lots are still available.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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