Ascent of Vermillion County High Point on 2007-12-13

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Thursday, December 13, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Vermillion County High Point
    Elevation:690 ft / 210 m

Ascent Trip Report

690+ ft.
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Thursday, 12/13/2007

From Parke County, I continued east along the US36 “pathway out of the mountains”. I refer to it this way because all the highpoints visited in the past two days have been located on or near US36. This is the major thoroughfare to reach them as you travel west from Indianapolis. And the elevations decline too. Hendricks County 1030+, then Putnam County 980+, then Parke County 840+, to Vermillion County’s 690+.

I stopped in Rockville, county seat of Parke County, to grab some lunch before continuing to the last county of the day. I had to get on my way back home. Parke County’s tourist information center is located in Rockville’s former jail and is worth a side trip to visit.

From Rockville to Vermillion County HP, there is no direct, easy route. I decided to use my Magellan GPS to get me there. This route took me along several winding, variable-surface roads as I traveled from Rockville to Cayuga. I drove along “10 o’clock Road” (aptly named for the direction northwest), which soon became Tow Path Road. This road crossed through a covered bridge over Mill Creek (the bridge was aptly named “Mill Creek Tow Path covered bridge”) as I drove along the road through the wilderness. Along the way, I spied a diving hawk, perhaps soaring down to attack some prey.

Once I got to Cayuga, I followed IN 234 west to the Illinois line. I then turned around and followed the Bob Schwab directions to the target. From the west, this home lies 1.2 miles, on the right. From the east at the intersection of US36 and IN63, you would travel 3.5 miles to find the home on the left.

It was frigid this time of day, and my hands chilled. I knocked at the back door, but no one answered. I knocked at the deck door, but no one answered. So I called out as I walked around the high contour. I thought the highest ground was back by the grain bins around the large red barn. I returned to the house, and as I walked to the front door, I walked around the front yard. I knocked again at the front door but got no answer. However, as I walked back to my car, a 35-ish man came out from the house. So I explained what I was doing. He said it was muddy but agreed that the land dropped off from this home/barn plateau. I got in my car and drove away, having successfully completed another glob link across the state to Illinois.
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