Ascent of Huron 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:Huron County High Point
    Elevation:870 ft / 265 m

Ascent Trip Report

This county has 12 candidate high point areas (located in 3 different areas). On my first visit I found that I could not access the areas (except for #12) because of the planted crops (corn and beans). This county has to be visited after the harvest (November) and therefore requires more than one visit. I will have this one only TR, revised after each visit. We followed Bill Schuler's excellent detailed TR, which one must read.

VISIT #1 DATED 2015-08-12.

I successfully visited Area #12 and just checked out the others. After the harvest this will be an easy county.

AREA #12 (Minden City) .... successful, 250 yards RT.
We found our way to Parisville (north of Minden City) and went west on Atwater Road for 1.7 miles to house #4660 on the left (south) side of the road. There was no one home so we took the liberty to proceed.
Behind the house is a corn field and to its west was a harvested hay field with the HP at about 100+yards from the house. I chose my HP at 43.71099,-82.83414, another bump 30 yards to the northwest is a contender.

The 5 areas, located west of the village of Ubly and north of Main Street in a wind mill farm and surrounded by crops, can best approached from the west side Stambaugh Road. A gated service road for the wind mills leaves Stambaugh. The gate was open on this day so we were able to drive in (east) to check out the area. After the harvest this will be an easy visit.

The 6 areas, located north of Ubly and east of Hwy #19, can be easily reached from Priemer Road a la Bill Schuler's TR ... beans and corn , after the harvest.

VISIT #2 DATED 2018-04-22 .... successful visit to 11 areas (great time of the year for this visit).

THE 5 AREAS WEST OF UBLY ... xcountry/whack, .6 miles RT
I found my way to the JCT of Hwy#19/Main Street in the village of Ubly (at the flashing light), and zeroed my odo. I have numbered the areas a la PB.
0.0M ... I drive west on Main Street from Ubly.
1.0M ... turned right (north) on Stambaugh Road.
1.5M ... turned right (east) onto gated service road for the wind mills, just past house #4257. The landowner, Charlie, was just driving out as I pulled up. Chatted abt County High Pointing and the dry beans and wheat business that he's in. He had no problem with me going on his property. For permission go to Charlie's farm house at #1681 Main Street (red barn buildings). The gate is latched with no lock.
1.7M ... a service road on the right heads south 350 yds to Turbine #WTG 020. AREA #10 is at 175 yds, 40 yds left of the road. AREA #11 is at 225 yds, 30 yds right of the road. I continued driving east.
1.9M ... end of the main service road. Parked here.
A small road on the right heads south 80yds to Turbine #WTG 024. AREA #9 is just before this Turbine.
AREA #8 is left (north) of my parking spot.
AREA #7 is 250 yds to the northeast inside open woods (with some wet spots). 2 small bumps contend for "the" HP, there is a small shed on the south bump. 2 Turbines can be seen to the north through the trees.

THE 6 AREAS NORTH OF UBLY.... xcountry, 1.7 miles RT
From the flashlight in Ubly I drove north on Hwy #19 for 2 miles to a right turn on Preimer Road, then east .25 miles to Bill's telephone pole and TH (43.73904.-82.93423). I chose/followed Bill's footsteps, and have nothing to add except to say that
1) AREA #4 (Bill's #3/6) is much lower in elevation than its 2 southerly neighbours that it need not be visited.
2) Bill's reported grove of trees are no longer there.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:xcountry/whack to 11 areas
    Trailhead:Stambaugh and Preimer Roads  850 ft / 259 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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