Ascent of Platte Mounds on 2017-06-23

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Platte Mounds
    Elevation:1440 ft / 438 m

Ascent Trip Report

The highest point on Platte Mounds is at the north end, but the southwest side is worth a visit to see the "World's Largest M." It measures 241 feet high and 214 feet wide. It represents the symbol of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville and was built in 1937. The area is called Clausen Park and steps allow you to climb beside the 'M'. I visited Clausen Park, but I did not climb here since the highpoint is at the north end of the mound. When I was directly west of the highpoint on the road, I was only 460 feet from the summit. I had checked out an approach from the north, but I did not feel comfortable parking my car there with houses so near. The western approach was slow and steep, plus I reached a large rock outcrop that I had to climb around. It took me 11 minutes to reach the summit ridgeline where I found a well traveled trail. I followed it north about 100 feet to the summit indicated by two tall, narrow cairns. No view was available due to the trees, at least, not during the growing season. Since the trail looked so well traveled, I used it to descend back to the road and, although I lost the trail at one point, I reached the road in just 6 minutes. The trail is a little overgrown here, but it is the easiest route to climb. The coordinates here are: 42.77361 N 90.40984 W It only took an additional 3 minutes to hike back to my car. It is probably best to park on the west side of the mound, since the north trail area does have as wide of a shoulder.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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