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Ascent of Montcalm County High Point on 2015-05-26

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montcalm County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1120 ft / 341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove through the very nice town of Stanton and found Klees Road just west of North MI Route 66. As you head west the tower on top of the obvious out of place hill in the middle of MI farm land is a welcome site. A real hill!

The maintenance road would have been perfectly drive-able to the top and I saw no signs or barricades to prevent one from doing so if they chose to not hike it. Still needing my 15,000 steps and my pedometer telling me I had more walking to do, I parked along Klees Road a clay-dirt road. I started on the other side of the road down in a depression at elevation 950 and than jog-walked up the wide dirt road. The path was actually nice and scenic almost park like and there was a very fragrant white flower like a jasmine smell in the air. The hike is short but steep the way I like them. More radio towers at the top. On the way down, I explored the woods some and meandered over some of the nearby hills in the woods. A pleasant walk and than jogged back to the car. I had to reach Lansing before dark but fortunately it does not get dark this far north until like 9:30 PM and sunset was at 9:10 PM Sweet!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:210 ft / 63 m
    Total Elevation Loss:210 ft / 64 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
wet and 66F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:tower maintenance road
    Start Trailhead:intersection with Klees and tower maintenance road  950 ft / 289 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:210 ft / 64 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 170 ft / 52 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:same but with some detours in the nearby woods
    End Trailhead:same  950 ft / 289 m
Ascent Part of Trip: MI-5-2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Muskegon County High Point2015-05-26 a272 ft / 83 m
2Fisk Benchmark2015-05-26 b253 ft / 77 m
3Ionia County High Point2015-05-26 c23 ft / 7 m
4Montcalm County High Point2015-05-26 d210 ft / 64 m
Total Trip Gain: 758 ft / 231 m    Total Trip Loss: 425 ft / 130 m



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