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Ascent of Elkhart Hill on 2020-07-15

Climber: Fred Lobdell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Elkhart Hill
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:771 ft / 235 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached this from the north on I-55. The entire area was as flat as the proverbial pancake, so Elkhart Hill rose above the plains and was quite visible from several miles away. I followed Tim Worth's trip report which is still good. Take Exit 115 off I-55 and take County 10 through the hamlet of Elkhart. There are two turns (left then right) after passing through town, so you need to pay attention to the road signs. After arriving at Elkhart Cemetery (a sign informs one that it is open from dawn to dusk) drive to the south side, where you will see a gate and a set of wooden stairs to the left of the gate. The trail is obvious and may have been an old woods road. The first high area is to the right of the trail as you ascend, and the second is a short distance beyond that on the left. The 19th century headstone is quite obvious, and a short distance from the headstone is a concrete base that has a circular hole in it where the bench mark used to reside. On my return trip I bushwhacked though knee-high (but fortunately thornless) growth to the first high area I had passed. This high point is much more interesting than walking out into the middle of a cornfield.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Clear
Warm and muggy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Start Trailhead:721 ft / 219 m
Descent Statistics



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