Ascent of Round Knob on 2014-11-08

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Round Knob
    Elevation:1001 ft / 305 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Round Knob is the 15th highest named highpoint in Indiana, but despite not even being in Indiana's top 10, it is a great climb. My son, Marshall, and I reached the trailhead by driving .35 miles from the junction of Bartle Knob Road and Hill Top Road to a gravel road on the right. After following this gravel road for just .25 miles we reached a parking area with a sign reading, "Knobstone Trail/Jackson Road Trailhead." The road continues to the NE here, but a sign reads, "No Motorized Vehicles." We parked and followed this good road until we reached a lesser gravel road on the right after just .25 miles. Since the road appeared to head directly toward Round Knob, we took this route. This was a big mistake. We eventually endured a steep, cross country bushwhack through groves of thorn bushes and many fallen trees. My left hand was dripping with blood before I finally reached Round Knob's summit. Fortunately the summit was clear and there was a great view in all directions. It was here we discovered a trail that took us back to the road we hiked in on without having to experience any bushwhacking. This trail can be found by continuing to hike about .1 miles past the gravel road we turned on in the beginning to a clearing on the right. Leave the road here and you will intersect the good trail to the summit after another .33 miles. This was our second favorite highpoint climb in Indiana, despite the miserable ascent we experienced.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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