Ascent of Fillmore County High Point on 2015-06-18

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, June 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fillmore County High Point
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

Next up was the highpoint of Fillmore County, about 30 miles away to the southeast. I followed more smaller highways and local county roads to situate myself northeast of the tiny village of Cherry Grove. The land here isn't as flat, being hillier and crossing into and out of small rivers. In some cases, the road would lose or gain a hundred feet at a time.

There are two areas that reach 1,400 feet, both side by side on a common hill about a quarter mile from the closest road. I drove to the road closest and parked, happy to see that there was a path of sorts to the top, and that this was a real hill, albeit small. Nevertheless, I was looking at 50 feet of gain.

I followed a path that hugged the margin between a cornfield and low grass, and kept to it until I reached a north-south fence. I found a breach a few feet to the north, crossed it and then hiked up to the top of the hill. Here, I broke my rule against hiking in corn, but just briefly. I was able to view to the smaller area about 300 feet away and it was clearly lower.

I returned to my car and returned to Rochester. I was pleased to visit three county highpoints, all in about a two-hour period, and I wasn't even that far from Rochester after all this driving, no more than 45 miles. I was back to the hotel by 4 p.m.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Trailhead:1350 ft / 411 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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