Ascent of Summit Peak on 2017-05-16

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Summit Peak
    Elevation:1952 ft / 594 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summit Peak is the 3rd highest highpoint in Michigan and at one time it was believed to be the highest in the State. At that time it did not have a name. Later it was suggested that it be named "State Summit," but two other peaks were discovered to be higher, Mount Curwood and Mount Arvon. The name "Summit Peak" was finally agreed on. Michigan was actually the last state to identify its true highest point. When I first started state highpointing, I had a Michigan road map that had printed on it, "Mt. Curwood - Highest Point in Michigan." Later, Mount Arvon was discovered to be 9 inches higher! This was not until 1978. I was pleasantly surprised at the nice facilities for Summit Peak. A paved road delivers visitors to a parking area with good signage and information. There are restrooms (but they were locked when I was there) and a good trail can be taken to the summit. Several hundred feet before the fine summit observation tower the trail changes to a boardwalk with steps, which seemed unnecessary to me, but it made for easy climbing. According to my GPS, the highest point is not located at the tower. If you continue to follow the trail 200 feet farther, you will reach some rocks on the right side of the trail. This is actually the highest point, but there is no view there. The best view is, of course, at the top of the observation tower after climbing 54 steps. It made me think about how many Michigan highpoints I have visited with no views due to the trees and how many of those probably had great vistas above the treetops. I spent nearly an hour enjoying this great highpoint.
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