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Ascent of Jackson County High Point on 2016-11-27

Climber: John Hasch

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 27, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jackson County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1190 ft / 362 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – JACKSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN
1190+ ft.

Sunday, 11/27/2016

I set out today with my primary goal being the summit of Lenawee County, which is Prospect Hill. When I arrived in the area and did a drive-by reconnaissance, I found that the area was heavily posted. I also stopped at the house at the northeast corner of the hill. Once again, this man described himself as the caretaker. Once again he told me no one is ever granted access to the area. It is leased hunting land. So I moved to Plan B, which was a trip to nearby Jackson County.

I followed the Bill Schuler trip report to arrive at the farmhouse to ask for permission to wander around to the highpoint. No one answered when I knocked at the door, but I heard some voices coming from the farm buildings across the road. Calling out as I approached the building, I was invited downstairs into some sort of cow stall – their milking room?

I introduced myself and stated my desire to hike to the HP. They knew what I was requesting because several prior hikers had made similar requests. The two people soon introduced themselves as Blaine and Linda Mosher, the same dairy farm owners met by Bill Schuler about 12 years ago.

They are some of the nicest people you will have the chance to meet in this HPing hobby. They quickly gave me permission to hike, and then I received a special added bonus. To remove worries about the electric fences and the bulls in certain pastures, Linda offered to lead me to a back pasture where I could park and hike without worry. She jumped into her truck and led me south, past the pipeline right of way, to the next house on the east. Here, we turned left (east) and drove across the pastureland and into another pasture. Here, Linda stopped and told me where I could proceed and park. I thanked Linda for her hospitality, drove north around the edge of the pasture, and parked along the north side of this field.

From here, it was a short 0.17mi (.35mi round trip) east along the east-west fence line to the woods and then north to the HP. I donned my orange vest to make my visibility apparent to hunters just in case any were in the area. (Linda told me they had not hosted any hunters today, but she was not sure about the neighbors.) While in the woods, I spooked one deer, and it bounded off, white tail bouncing up and down and thankful that I was a hiker without a gun. I used my GPS to locate the target area, and I then stepped on every hillock of interest to satisfy myself that I had stepped on the highest ground. I returned to my car the same way I came. Another HP was in the books, completed around 5:00pm just as the sun was setting.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack



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