Ascent of Blue Mounds-East Summit on 2014-10-19

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Mounds-East Summit
    Elevation:1489 ft / 453 m

Ascent Trip Report

The East Summit of Blue Mound is similar to the main summit—they both are in public parks with good road access, and both feature huge flat summit areas. This HP is in Brigham County Park, which does not charge admission. Access is from County Road F, well-signed from Road ID, the main street of the town of Blue Mounds.

I parked in the lot of Brigham Park and started walking around. The summit contour is very flat and enormous (110 acres)—the northern part is mainly a park campground in the trees, and the southern part of it is in a cornfield and not the park. I followed Gustav Sextaur’s directions and hiked east across the grassy land between the campground and the corn. I agree that the start of the signed Nature Trail is a very likely candidate for true high point. From the trail I saw a high mound at the edge of the corn field, so I crossed some tallgrass and saw that it was a pile of sod and mud, clearly man made. I climbed it anyway. I explored more in the area, including a foray into the fallow corn field and to the radio tower area, and then looped back to the campground area. I saw more dirt mounds across the field, again man-made.

Back at the main park area I met an elderly park ranger who lived in a RV and managed the campground. I asked him where the high ground was, and he seemed pretty convinced it was in an open grove of trees between the campground storage shed and the picnic area. But to me it seemed lower than the grassy areas to the south. I checked it out anyway. The ranger also told me that the park owned land to the west of Road F, so I walked across there and hiked a grassy path just north of a private house. There were great views to the north here, but it is likely not the highest ground. The area between the playground and the road is also a possibility.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9 ft / 2 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.3 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Park Grounds
    Start Trailhead:Brigham Park  1480 ft / 451 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Park Grounds
    End Trailhead:Brigham Park  1480 ft / 451 m

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