Ascent of Sublette Park Hill on 2010-10-03

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, October 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sublette Park Hill
    Elevation:614 ft / 187 m

Ascent Trip Report

614 ft.
Sublette Park

Sunday, 10/3/2010

Leaving Indiana in the dark, I zoomed across southern Illinois on my way to St. Louis and the city’s HP, in Sublette Park. My mind had a lot of “free time” as I drove. As they say, idleness is the devils workshop. This was very apparent as I drove the interstate through Effingham, IL. My mind was filled with a little ditty about Effingham, Effing-this and Effing-that. Let your own mind wander as you attempt to fill in the blanks. I don’t think you will be too far off! (For me this was over the edge. I don’t normally swear.)

One very distinct thing stood out as I drove through Effingham. Along the side of the brief stretch of road that I-70 shares with I-57, I saw one of the largest crosses I have ever seen. Yes, my mind wandered briefly as I acknowledged that was one Effing-big cross. This is probably what started my slip into the lower depths described above. The cross was later found on Acme Mapper’s satellite view at N39.10757 W88.57118.

The trip to St. Louis was rather uneventful, and I arrived around 10:30-11:00pm. My first mission was to locate the park so I could camp overnight relatively close and visit the park first thing Sunday morning. I followed my GPS and arrived at the park a short distance from I-44. I had a copy of the Peakbagger main page for the park, and I had John Mitchler’s trip report. My route was a bit different because I came off I-44 at a different exit, but the Mitchler notes will still get you there.

I drove completely around the park, noting the location of the various features described by Mitchler. Starting southwest along Southwest Ave., I then turned south onto the short stretch of January Ave. At the Arsenal St. intersection, I turned left and drove east along Arsenal St. Just past the tennis courts was Sublette Ave., and I turned left here to head north. Finally, I came to Reber Pl. and made a left turn (west) for a brief stretch back to Southwest Ave.

As I rounded the park, I noted a large capital-like building to the southeast. I wondered if it was a government office building. Seeing that is was bordered on one side by Arsenal Street, I concluded that it was part of the Missouri National Guard.

I then set out to find the nearest urban campground of choice, my first overnight stay at “WallyWorld”. My GPS steered me to one that was only about six miles from the park, in Deerwood, MO. I then took a trip downtown to examine the St. Louis arch close up. I parked along a street that gave me a nice view of the arch and a downtown courthouse, another capital-like structure. After snapping a few pictures, I drove to Kirkwood and selected my campsite.

The next morning, I drove back to the park. I parked along Southwest Avenue across from some of the houses on the highest non-park land. I examined the row of houses and believe the park land was indeed higher. From my truck, I hiked up the hill to a point above the ball parks. There were many features noted on this high ground, including a water fountain (not working), a playground, and the maintenance building. I noted a communication tower across Arsenal St. beyond some houses to the south. From my truck, I believe the highest ground was nearly due south, toward this tower, beyond the building and nearer to Arsenal St. I wandered around briefly to satisfy myself that all high ground had been crossed. Then it was back to my truck and on to greater HP adventures. Trip statistics: Time = less than 10 minutes to wander around the high ground in the park; Distance = less than 0.2mi for the round trip; Elevation gain = perhaps 15ft.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:14 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Walk up hill directly toward HP
    Trailhead:Parked along Southwest Ave.  600 ft / 182 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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