Ascent of Potawatomi Nature Preserve High Point on 2016-04-15

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Potawatomi Nature Preserve High Point
    Elevation:1080 ft / 329 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used trail 3 and 6 within the State Park boundary to get over to the SE side of the state lands. This preserve meanders around inside and apparently outside the state park. The highest ground in the preserve designated areas is down near a private facility called Lake Charles West. I was able to come off the SE corner of trail 6 near the hairpin and get on a paved road and the fence was down along the road to jump back into the preserve lands. The highpoint is confusing -either along the paved road or the hill just inside the fence, or the farm land just inside the fence but I tagged all three not sure which was actually on nature preserve lands and not private. The hills are surprisingly nice for Indiana. Then off back to trail 6 and the rest of my day hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:365 ft / 110 m
    Total Elevation Loss:330 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:290 ft / 88 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 115 ft / 35 m; Extra: 175 ft / 53m
    Loss on way in:175 ft / 53 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Trail 3 to Trail 6 to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Lake James  965 ft / 294 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:155 ft / 47 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 80 ft / 25 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Gain on way out:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    End Trailhead:connecting saddle  1000 ft / 304 m

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