Ascent of Pearson Hill on 2011-03-13
|Date:||Sunday, March 13, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1951 ft / 594 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter driving a couple hours southeast from Telemark Mountain I got to Timms Hill County Park. I drove around quite a bit looking for somewhere to park. There was snow on the ground and it appeared that some of the “roads” were not drivable at this time of year. I also didn’t want to park at the lot that’s only a quarter mile from the top, if I could even find it. I eventually found a small lot at the West end of Ring Road on County Rd. R. There were a family of 3 there – a guy named Mark (I think), his son, and daughter (Maddie). He explained that the main trail from the parking lot leads right up to the top.
They started on wooden snowshoes a couple minutes before me but I caught up quickly while they were making adjustments to their shoes. I wore racing snowshoes and the snow wasn’t deep enough to need really big shoes. I got off trail (to the left) early but eventually found my way back on. It was very straight forward. I came to the “parking lot” 1/3 mile from the top and it was obvious I couldn’t have driven there in the winter. From there I followed the signs to the top. It would have been easy to find without the signs. The view at the highest piece of land wasn’t good because of all the trees but the view from the fire tower was very good. I took some pictures and videos.
Eventually the family of 3 got there and we took photos for each other. They told me there’s a website that let’s people climb the other structure there, some kind of lookout tower even higher than the fire tower. The structure looked more for work use than for tourists. There was just a metal ladder and some support that would be at your back if you climbed the ladder. If you climbed the ladder I guess it would be kind of like climbing up through a tunnel. Due to my not being convinced it was something for tourists and the conditions being cold and slippery I decided against climbing it. For all I know it was there designed for use with a support system and I figured I wouldn’t risk it.
From there I descended back to the car, warmed up a little and studied the map for Pearson Hill. Timms is supposedly 1951.5 and Pearson is supposedly 1950.8. Pearson isles than a mile from Timms and going to the car took a good chunk out of that. I figured I should get Pearson while I was there in case they get re-measured with Pearson coming out on top. There are 3 lakes east of County Rd R – the easternmost is Risberg Lake and Pearson is directly south of the westernmost point of that lake. The other 2 are unnamed on Google Maps but both extended south enough where a direct route from the parking lot to the top of Pearson would cross the lakes. My plan was to follow County Rd R south until I could get around Lake #1 (the easternmost one, which also extends the farthest south) and then hopefully find a way to go straight there. As I followed the road I found a path onto the lake which I took.
The lake was solidly frozen, enough where there were snowmobile tracks across it. I got onto the middle of the lake, went south a bit more and then headed east off the lake. I bushwhacked my way off the lake and ended up going just south of Lake #2 (the middle one, on a map). From there it was just forest and I did my best to find the top. I wandered around, a bit too far south and almost gave up. There were human footprints in the snow that didn’t seem to help much. There were also lots of animal footprints – looked like dog and maybe rabbit. Then I decided to use the map on my Iphone. This was the first time I had done this. Usually I go with a compass, some directions, and printed maps. The Iphone located me on a map and I headed north. After a while it became obvious where “up” was. I got to where I thought the top was and there was a plastic fairie stuck into a big stump. I figured that must be the top (it also looked like it on the map).
From there I went west not trying to take any particular route. I got down to Lake #2 and walked across it and then found my way back to Lake #1 where I found my footprints in the middle. I retraced my footprints back to the car.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||210 ft / 64 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||210 ft / 64 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Overcast|
| Gain on way in:||210 ft / 64 m|
| Route:||Across a lake, then bushwhack|
| Start Trailhead:||Ring School Rd and County Road R Parkign Lot 1741 ft / 530 m|
| Loss on way out:||210 ft / 64 m|
| Route:||bushwhack, then across 2 lakes|
| End Trailhead:||Ring School Rd and County Road R Parkign Lot 1741 ft / 530 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Timms|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 420 ft / 128 m Total Trip Loss: 420 ft / 128 m
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