Ascent of Hawkeye Point on 1998-05-20

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 20, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hawkeye Point
    Elevation:1670 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

I stayed the night in Cedar Falls, Iowa. During the night, storms built and spawned twisters south of town. There was no damage in the immediate area and fortunately, no deaths. Still, it was a little too close for comfort. When I awoke early this morning, the weather was still unsettled.
The Iowa state highpoint is in the northwest part of the state, close to the Minnesota boundary, 250 miles away. I left early and saw nothing but farms the whole way. I arrived to the Sterler Farm in late morning.

The Sterlers have long welcomed highpointers to their point of curiosity. All they want is a quick hello. I knocked on their door and Mrs. Sterler answered, and we had a friendly chat. They get visitors from all over the United States (and beyond), coming here just for the priviledge to stand on the highest point in Iowa.

The highpoint itself is at the end of a feed trough, with an old Iowa license plate reading "HIGHPT" affixed to the end. The farm fields drop away ever so gently. It actually feels like a highpoint. For a $1 donation, I bought a keychain from a small bin the Sterlers keep near the highpoint. I spent 20 minutes here, including chatting with Mrs. Sterler.

I spent the rest of the day driving north and east across Minnesota to the north-east corner of the state, passing through Duluth, and arriving around 8 p.m. in the little town of Grand Marais along the shores of Lake Superior. At this latitude, there was ambient light outside until after 10 p.m. The drive from Duluth to Grand Marais was on the Lake Superior shorefront and was gorgeous. Forests and cliffs meeting right up to the water, with just enough room to fit in a highway. Eagle Mountain was on the agenda for tomorrow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Start Trailhead:1660 ft / 505 m
Descent Statistics

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