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Ascent of Buzzard Hill on 2014-11-10

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, November 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buzzard Hill
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1040 ft / 316 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Buzzard Hill is the 7th highest named highpoint in Indiana, as well as the Elkhart County HP. My son, Marshall, and I tried to access this highpoint from the north, but there was a high posted fence. We did find an open gate leading to a storage facility for the city's transportation department, but no one was there. This would have actually been a good place to begin a climb of Buzzard Hill, but we did not want to take a chance of getting my car stuck behind a locked gate. We drove to the south side of Buzzard Hill and decided to ask permission at the same house John Hasch did, according to his trip report. This proved to be a good choice. We were met by a friendly lady who granted us permission to park on her property and begin our hike, but she did inform us that she did not own Buzzard Hill. Following the lady's directions, we hiked east along the edge of the forest until we found a well used trail. This trail was not a direct route to the summit. It wandered through the forest and we left the trail several times, as I followed my GPS bearing, only to encounter it again. Eventually, we reached a very steep incline and once we climbed it, we found ourselves on a small flat plateau at the top of Buzzard Hill. This area was once the top of a ski lift and the remains of the ski operation were still visible down the steep north side of the hill. An old sign was still standing from the 1960's that spelled out rules for use of the facility. An observation deck is located on the edge of the slope and it provided a better view to the north, east and west. We returned to the car and both agreed that this was our favorite highpoint in Indiana.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack



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