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Ascent of Blue Mounds on 2010-07-21

Climber: Jamie Bakken

Date:Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mounds
    Location:USA-Wisconsin
    Elevation:1489 ft / 453 m

Ascent Trip Report

***THE DANE COUNTY HP (E blue mound) IS NOT THE ONE THAT IS IN BLUE MOUNDS STATE PARK (W blue mound). TO CLAIM BOTH DANE COUNTY AND IOWA COUNTY HIGH POINTS YOU WILL NEED TO VISIT 2 DIFFERENT PARKS THAT ARE SEVERAL MILES APART. This one in Dane County is about 250 feet lower in elevation than W Blue Mound in Iowa County.

Drove to Brigham County Park on an extended lunch break. To nab my 8th WI county HP. The lower of the 2 blue mounds, E. Blue Mound is the one that is centered right over the County Park. Simply drive north on CTH F a short distance from CTH KP (imbetween Blue Mound, WI and Mt. Horeb) and you'll see Brigham Park on your right within a few minutes. If you're coming up from Black Earth, WI you'll climb from about 830 feet elevation in the valley as you approach the mounds up to 1,480 in just a few miles. If you continue up to W Blue Mound and up the tower there you'll have gained a hair under 1000 feet in the matter of about 15 minutes (Mountain dwellers might scoff at that but hey this is WI-pretty impressive gain). Once inside the park leave your car in the lot by the playground equipment and walk west for 1/4 mile. Right near the entrance to the nature trail seems to be a high spot but it could also be on the nature trail itself as it heads over towards the radio tower. My altimeter hit 1489 a few times and even 1492 once but I missed exactly where I was when it registered that amount. If you're a purist hit all the little bumps on the top but my best guess is the spot next to where the trail starts or just down the trail a smidge. Good luck! Make sure to head over to Blue Mounds State Park for superlative views of the surrounding countryside and see the Iowa County HP and HP of the whole southern half of WI. You probably won't find another higher spot all the way to the Gulf of Mexico if you go south or all the way to the Arkansas Ozarks if you head southwest.
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