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Ascent of Oconto County High Point on 2014-05-25

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Dick and Doug
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Oconto County High Point
    Location:USA-Wisconsin
    Elevation:1781 ft / 542 m

Ascent Trip Report

Doug, Dick, and I caravaned into the town of Carter after getting some lunch and pulling off ticks. We had to collect some more a little ways down Elliot Road which turns into a rock and dirt forest road FR 2191. We parked at the beginning of a forest road heading SW which I believe was numbered. We were able to get three cars off of the path of FR2191. We hiked SW on this road looking for Wendy and Jobe's road 200yds down. It was longer than that, but we eventually came to a fork and we went left. This road disintegrated in an open forest with trillium and led to the edge of a thick grove of young trees over our heads. We pushed into the trees and tried to find game trails, but it was tough going and there were not good openings in many places. This gave way after 1/10th of a mile to a swampy area. We were careful to step on little dirt clumps to get over the standing water. We kept on out SW heading and began going back uphill after finishing the downhill portion into the swamp. After some standard bushwhack we found an E-W logging trail that we crossed. The forest began to thin out underbrushwise and made for fairly easy movement. We passed a birdhouse high in a tree that said WCC89 going up and across the slope. The slope eased up a bit and we passed more standing water. I was expecting this to be a very unimpressive summit at this point, but fortunately the slope went steep again for maybe 50' vertical before leveling out again as a broad summit. We each wondered around looking for the highest hummock. I found another E-W logging road that was a bit grown over that ran the summit ridge. I followed it through a large staging area for logs and found a 4' boulder on the west side of the clearing. I found Doug and Dick and brought them over to the boulder and we agreed that it was the highest around. We built a basic cairn and took pictures. No views. We went back in a similar way, even passing over the swamp in the same spot. The bushwhack north of the swamp was unpleasant, but once we got back out into the older tree stand we were home free. We took a more direct route to the cars, if partially by accident. I had to rushed off to get two more counties today, and so we split up. This turned out to be a long, but fun hike, with the thickest section of bushwhacking I have encountered to date.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:161 ft / 48 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Trailhead:1700 ft / 518 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Mud/Swamp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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