Ascent of Ottawa County High Point on 2012-03-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ottawa County High Point
    Elevation:680 ft / 207 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 2 Candidate High Point Areas for this Co. We used Michael Schwartz TR of 2000 ..... things have really changed to the point where the CoHP of this Co is perhaps no longer here.

We found our way to Hwy 163 eastbound for Marblehead, we passed the Danbury High School on the left and in 200-300 yards came to a nice landscaped area on the right with a white fence and a large sign "Lafarge Marblehead Quarry, Nursery and Wildlife Programme" at the foot of a tall man-made hill, just past it is Michael's dirt road signed "Danger No Trespassing" & "Warning Explosives in Use".
East of this dirt road is a large wooded area with a number of walking tracks. I decide to ignore the dirt road and approach the HP via the woods.

I entered at a track 50 yards to the east of the dirt road and walked south about 300 yards to the edge/start of the quarry ..... to the south is a huge working quarry with a lot of activity, no high ground here, the PB coordinates puts both Areas in the excavated part of the quarry.
I walked all over finally choosing my high ground in mature woods with large trees and a lot of blowdown, very rough looking, my GPS 41.53627,-82.74916. It's possible that my spot is not natural.

While I was checking out the area, a warning siren went off followed by a blast, as advertised. A guy walked up just after the blast, Jim came to watch the blast and was disappointed that he missed it , apparently they blast every few days.
He has been living here for 32 years and his well aware of the Quarry's history, his brother was manager. He told me that there used to be a nice hill and he is the one that maintains the tracks in the existing woods.
This used to be a small quarry but ever since Lafarge bought the place things have changed quickly, beside this quarry Lafarge installed a processing plant near the water. According to Jim 75% of the production is transported by ship. We later went to see these facilities
The man-made hill referred-to above was put in as a sound buffer for the locals. It's interesting to note that there is no fence or signs around this part (the woods) of the quarry. This quarry is probably the areas main industry.
Jim thinks that the area I chose as high ground is perhaps not natural.

It seems to me that this CoHP needs attention.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:vist to a working quarry
    Start Trailhead:hwy 163  640 ft / 195 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Route:vist to a working quarry
    End Trailhead:hwy 163  640 ft / 195 m

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