Ascent of Midland County High Point on 2018-04-23

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Midland County High Point
    Elevation:770 ft / 234 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Bob Schwab's excellent TR - he should be congratulated for the voluminous work. Had a bit of problem with the areas he was referring to, so for this TR I have numbered the Areas a la PB. To complete the 28 Areas will require more than one visit. One must read Bob, this TR attempts to add/update info. A GPS with the respective coordinates is a must.

VISIT #1 DATED 2017-09-19 --- successfully visited 14 (per below) of the 28 areas, and in my opinion only 3 (#2, 20 & 21) should be retained as candidates.

1) Successfully visited the 5 Areas north of Hwy #10 (PB #1, 2, 3, 4 & 5).
There is a Motocross Racing Track in the Area of 4 & 5. Doug, who owns the land and lives just west of the Power Line r-o-w, was out with his 2 dogs. He told me that the bumps and small ponds in the area are not natural - created by the Hwy construction. He created a few of the bumps when he built the Motocross track.
Area #2 (in very thorny dense brush just west of MB#5979 Baker Road) has in my opinion the appearance of natural and the highest of the natural areas. I would eliminate the other 4 candidates and keep only #2 as a candidate for this area.

2) Successfully visited the 2 Areas at the Hwy #10/Coleman Intersection (PB #6 & 7).
There is no question that they are man-made and therefore should be removed as candidates.

3) Successfully visited the 7 Areas between Saginaw Road and Fike Road (PB #16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22).
We all know what's involved in building a Major Hwy (Saginaw), RR Tracks (now a bike path) or an industrial complex like "Hutamaski Plastic" at #19 , so there is no way that 5 of these areas are natural.
We spent a lot of time chatting with Scott, caretaker of the land at #21 (MB#8195 County Line Road), who's house sits inside the 770' contour. He told us that during a recent flood his house was the only one in the area to stay dry.
In my opinion the only Areas that are natural here are #20 & 21, the other 5 Areas should be eliminated as candidates.

4) Only checked-out the 8 Areas between Hwy #10 and Saginaw Road (PB #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15) and the 6 Areas south of Fike Road (PB #23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28), left them for another visit.

VISIT #2 DATED 2018-04-23 .... successfully visited the remaining 14 Areas thereby completing the County. IMO Areas 10 & 15 could be removed as candidates.

1) Successfully visited the 8 Areas between Hwy #10 and Saginaw Road (PB #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15).
AREA 8 - I first went to the north end of the County Line Road at the turn-around-circle. No one home at the small house #5414 east of the road or the house west of the road. Just before #5414 is a House-Trailer and a Garage (weird !!!! no MB, driveway or front door, could be part of #5414), no one home here also, so I stomped the grounds at #5414 for Area 8. Nothing obvious, in fact this area is lower than AREA 9.
AREA 9 - I went to #5390 County Line Road where the lady allowed me to access her back yard, even though it's not on her property. Obvious Bump. She was to first to tell me that the woods east of her house (and home to the 5 Areas 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13) are owned by Tom who lives at #5414.
AREA 14 - I went to house #5968 Saginaw Road, 200+ yds east of County Line Road for permission, obvious bump. The lady here confirmed Tom as the owner of the 5 Areas to the north of her house.
AREA 15 - permission at house #5892 Saginaw Road, 400+yds east of the County Line Road, nothing obvious and not much here.
AREAS 10, 11, 12 & 13 - I returned to the turn-around-circle at #5414 and parked. A grass road of sorts heads east from the House-Trailer. I used this road to get near all of these 4 Areas, then whack to the spots with the use a GPS. It's impossible for me to pick "the" highest or if they are all natural.

2) Successfully visited the 6 Areas south of Fike Road (#23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28).
AREA 23 - I found my way to the JCT Fike/Dickerson Roads and went west on Fike Road for 100 yds to MB#5777, where I drove its driveway 250 yds south to the house. The HP somewhat obvious is just to the right of the house. My plan was to access the rest of the Areas (all to the southwest) with permission from this house. Unfortunately there was no one home so I looked for an alternate route.
After checking out the west side (being refused at one house) with no luck, I went to the east side. What follows is my successful route.
AREAS 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 - From JCT Coleman/Fike Roads I drove south on Coleman .4 miles to a right into the Township Cemetery, then .25 miles west to the very southwest corner of the cemetery where I parked. The 5 Areas are to the west of this TH.
I generally bushwhacked a right-of-west line 1/2 miles to AREA 24 (furthest north Area), then southwest 1/2 miles to AREA 28 (furthest south Area) going over AREAS 25, 26 & 27 on-route. I took a direct route, left-of-east, 3/4 miles back to the TH.
My bushwhack route was not easy, I zig-zagged my way always looking for the easy way, going around wet areas and underbrush. I followed animal paths and hunters track, some open fields/areas, past by Hunters Stand and weird signs, like "Pass with Care".
I believe the best route to these areas is from Area 23.

Two Counties to go.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:130 ft / 39 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:visit to 14 areas
    Trailhead:Saginaw/Fike/Coleman Roads  760 ft / 231 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford

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