Ascent of Hardin County High Point on 2015-03-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hardin County High Point
    Elevation:1140 ft / 347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Bob Schwab's TR which is still good. I only add some info, one must read Bob. There are 6 Candidate High Point Areas for this county, all located at the Logan/Hardin County Line. This county required more than one visit because of timing and perhaps my own stupidity .... its best done in the winter. I will have this one only TR, revised after each visit.

VISIT #1 DATED 2014-11-04 .. successful visit to only Areas 1, 4, 5 & 6.

AREA 1, 2 & 3 .... successful only at Area 1.
From Belle Center we drove east on #273 to the intersection of #68/273, then continued east on #273 for 1.9 miles to a left turn onto T110, .75 miles north we arrived at the Logan/Hardin County Line.
The gravel road just south of the county line on the left leads to a small pond with a picnic table.
Nothing has changed.
AREA 1 is to the right (east) of the road at 10 yards on the county line, in the harvested bean field (the ground to the south in Logan county is higher).
AREA 2 & 3 to the left (west) of the road on the county line, were unfortunately in an unharvested corn field ????, not accessible, will have to come back.

AREA 4, 5, & 6 .... 1.5 miles RT fr all 3 areas.
We went back south to #273 and drove west on #273 for 1.1 miles where the road turns north and in .4 miles arrives at the Logan/Hardin County Line. We continued north and parked at 150 yards on the left of the road (GPS 40.51890,-83.63512) just past some old buildings and across the road from the sign "Welcome to Hardin County". This parking spot is at the southeast corner of a harvested corn field. At 200 yards to the west is E-W narrow strip of woods (80 x 500+ yds) and to its south is a huge harvested bean field. All 3 areas are to the west of this strip of woods.
From the parking spot I walked west along the north side of the strip of woods 700 yards to its very northwest corner. Straight ahead to the southwest at 50 yards is the obvious AREA 4.
AREA 5 is inside the huge closed contour that is in Logan County and its northern end just spills over into Hardin. From Area 4 I walked left-of-west 250 yards to the county line at the northwest corner of the bean field to the south, AREA 5 is at this corner but according to my eye level lower than Area 4. and can be ignored.
I returned to Area 4 then walked left-of-north 300 yards to the obvious AREA 6.

NB: It must be stressed that this county (all 6 areas) can only be visited after harvest (winter).

VISIT #2 DATED 2015-03-16 ... this time we found a nice harvested corn field yet to be plowed and was therefore able to access Area 2 & 3.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 2 areas completes county
    Start Trailhead:CRT110  1120 ft / 341 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:visit to 2 areas completes county
    End Trailhead:CRT110  1120 ft / 341 m

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