Ascent of Sanilac County High Point on 2018-04-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sanilac County High Point
    Elevation:905 ft / 275 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sanilac County has 5 candidate high point areas. This TR covers the first 4 candidates in the Marlette area, and the fifth candidate, located in the very north end of the county, is listed separately in the PB Library as "North Sanilac COHP" - all as per its TR. It took more than one visit to complete.

VISIT #1 DATED 2015-08-11 & 12

Armed with Bill Schuler's TR we attempted to visit the 4 candidates in the Marlette area, only to fail without even starting .... all fields were full of corn and beans, this county has to be done after the harvest (November). One must read Bill as this TR makes reference to his TR.
We checked out the different areas and from our overview the best approach is to use Albertson Road and Watson road.

The following day we successfully visit the 5th candidate area "NORTH SANILAC COUNTY HIGH POINT" ..... an easy walk up ... 400 yards, 12 minute RT.
From the Post Office in Minden we drove west on Bay City Forestville Road for 1.2km to the "Peruski Farms est 1928", house #1201, on the right (north) side of the road. The HP is just behind the buildings at 200 yards from the road.
I asked the gentleman, on the tractor feeding the cows, for permission.
"Yes, its right there (pointing to it), but I took a couple of feet off the top, maybe its still the HP."
He suggested I could drive to it but I chose to walk. Chose my spot at the electrified fence, at the exact PB coordinates. Nice views of the surroundings, wheat fields to the west and a wind turbine to the north.

VISIT #2 DATED 2018-04-22 .... successful at the 4 areas ... 2.1 miles total hiking.
AREA 2, 3 & 4 .... xcountry in open plowed fields, .7 miles loop hike.
Great time for the visit, all fields accessible. We chose to use the route from Albertson Road.
We parked on Albertson Road .7 miles west of Watson Road and walked the fields northbound , over the RR Tracks to the 3 Areas, quick and easy.
AREA 1 ..... ATV track southeast bound , 1.4 miles RT.
I didn't like Bill's airport approach as I didn't think permission would be granted, so I looked for an alternate route, which turned out to be an excellent easy route with no posted signs (all inside a wooded area).
I parked on Watson Road, at the RR Crossing. All distances I provide are estimates only.
I walked east along the south side of the RR Tracks (there is an ATV track here) for 100 yds, where the track jogs right and continues east inside the woods (parallel-to and 20 yards from the RR Tracks) for another 200 yds, then turns right and heads/climbs/winds southeast for 400 yds (on-route descending for a very short distance to a low wet area). At this point and straight ahead (south) is a Hunters Stand on higher ground at 50 yds, but the track turns left eastbound. At 250 yds east there is another Hunters stand on the right, I left the track here and walked south out of the woods to the open/plowed corn field 140 yds to the fairly obvious HP (.7 miles from the TH) - the airport can be seen to the south.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Total Elevation Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:100 ft / 30 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 40 ft / 12 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:xcountry/atv track to 4 areas
    Start Trailhead:Albertson and Watson Roads  865 ft / 263 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:xcountry/atv track to 4 areas
    End Trailhead:Albertson and Watson Roads  

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