Ascent of Blue Earth County High Point on 2016-08-07

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, August 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Earth County High Point
    Elevation:1190 ft / 362 m

Ascent Trip Report

1190+ ft.

Sunday, 8/7/2016

Packed and ready, I left home mid-afternoon Saturday with the desire to get through the busy Chicago area. I wanted to get as far as I could so that the county visits could begin as early as possible on Sunday. I pushed through Chicago, into rural Illinois and Wisconsin. I stopped for the night at a rest area in Minnesota, the last rest stop before I left I-90 and headed into Rochester. In the morning, I wound my way WNW to arrive at the virtual two-fer of Blue Earth and Le Sueur Counties. These HP’s are just around the corner from each other, and future visitors should consider visiting both when you are in the area.

I followed Trapper and Roxanne’s trip report and found the area exactly as it was described. I first arrived at the 2 contours of Blue Earth County. Approaching from the south, it was easy to see the road rise just after a large farm that could be seen on the left. I arrived at the road’s height of land and found a place to park off the right side of the road.

The two contours are in the woods up an easy hill. With my GPS programmed to the desired contour coordinates, I hiked up the roadside rise and easily crossed the fence and into the woods. I followed my nose, compass and GPS to the northern of the two contours. I then followed the ridge as best as I could to the second southern contour, using my GPS to tell me when I had arrived in the desired HP area. I wandered around both areas until I was satisfied that I had stepped on the highest ground in each candidate. I then dropped down the hill east back to the road. I completed the journey with a brief road hike back to my car.

On this Sunday, I found the woods to be a classic mosquito breeding ground. I did not apply any repellent before I entered the woods, and I paid a significant price. Mosquitoes were constantly swarming my head, and I had to use one hand to constantly try to deter landings on my head and facial area. I was also wearing shorts, and I noted a few “battle scars” on my shins that had been etched by thorns and the like.

Overall, this was an easy HP, and the trip took just a handful of minutes to complete. I then took off to visit the nearby single contour in Le Sueur County.
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