Ascent of Oscoda County High Point on 2015-08-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Oscoda County High Point
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy track walk with short wacks to 4 areas .... 1.6 miles, 45 minutes RT.

After visiting the Iosco COHP we went west to the Oscoda COHP, expecting a long walk ... it turned out to be a short/quick visit. This county has 4 candidate high point areas all besides/easily-accessible from a track.

From the 4-county-corners (Oscoda/Alcona/Iosco/Ogemaw) we zeroed our odo and drove west on Taber Road.
0.00M ... left westbound on Taber Road
2.98M ... sharp left on Maltby Hill Road.
3.23M ... right turn on Mack Lake Trail northwest bound.
5.53M ... left turn onto unsigned Old Baldy Road but numbered #4979. A sign advises that this is a seasonal road. (GPS 44.52242,-83.96389).
7.33M ... arrived at 4-way intersecion with ORV Track #H57. We parked here this was my TH (44.51249,-83.99275). The ORV Track #H57 actually crosses Old Baldy twice before this intersection.

I walked the ORV Track #H57 on the right, as it winds easterly about .5M to a Junction where #H57 turns sharply left (south), I stayed straight (north) as this track climbs .25 miles to its end at AREA 4. The other 3 areas are just right of the track at 15 yards. I visited them in the order listed here.
AREA 1 (44.51503,-83.99990), a sharp ridge.
AREA 2 (44.51519,-83.99911) is lower in elevation than #1, a small depression is between the two.
AREA 3 (44.51594,-83.99885), old tower foundations are still there.
AREA 4 (44.51643,-83.99876) old foundations to one side, end of track and lower in elev. than #3.

It was somewhat difficult to site between areas 2 & 3 (due to the trees), however my best effort with my not-too-reliable eye level told me that #3 is lower than #2 ..... in other words there is only one HP here and that is #1.
However with the road and old foundation construction, and the depression one needs to ask what is natural here. All are very easy so its best to touch them all.

We were lucky to find Old Baldy Road in good driveable condition. A nice short day, we overnighted at the Oscoda County Campground in Mio, after visiting the local Mio Mountain.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:240 ft / 72 m
    Total Elevation Loss:240 ft / 72 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:190 ft / 57 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 140 ft / 43 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    Start Trailhead:old baldy road  1340 ft / 408 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:190 ft / 57 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 140 ft / 43 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    End Trailhead:old baldy road  1340 ft / 408 m

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