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Ascent of Wayne County High Point on 2010-08-17

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wayne County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:990 ft / 301 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN
990+ ft.

Tuesday, 8/17/2010

I was in Taylor, MI to attend this year’s Little League (Junior League) World Series. This is the contest for players age 13-14, the older brother to the more famous World Series held in Williamsport, PA. I had some extra time on my hands, so I was able to visit 3 nearby CoHPs. I started the day with a visit to my second Wayne County, adding this one to the list that includes the Indiana state HP that got me started in this HP mania.

Previous trip reports are still substantially correct. The HP is located in Maybury State Park in the extreme northwest corner of the county. When I arrived, the park had not yet opened for the day, so I drove around the area just to kill some time. I discovered the massive houses located in the addition south of the park on 7-Mile Road. After reviewing the topo maps, I determined that my best approach would still be from inside the park. I didn’t want to leave my rusty truck on the streets of these high dollar houses.

I entered the state park gates shortly after their 8:00am opening. I picked up one of the useful park maps. I followed the signs to the Walnut picnic shelter parking lot. From the parking lot, I entered the woods by following the paved bike path. Almost immediately, an unpaved path went right (south), so I veered onto that path to approach my destination.

The path went up and down over a couple bumps before coming to some concrete pads that I later would learn were the footings to an old water tower that stood on the grounds. Continue past the pads and arrive at a clearing. Look around and you will notice post #4 marking the intersection of two trails. Turn and follow this grassy trail east, and you will soon see a pile of wood just off to the trail, to your right. Look over your shoulder to the right and you will see a birdhouse sitting on a post. It was here that I ventured SE off the path and into the brush and on to the high ground.

You will want to wander around this generally flat area to declare the HP of your choice. I noted the serious down slope south of this area. A GPS reading confirmed this was the HP contour with a reading of 995ft.

The HP is about ¼ mile from the parking lot. I returned to the grassy trail and continued east to a kid’s play area. The weather was so nice that I didn’t mind the extra trek. On the north side of the area was the paved bike path, which I took back to the parking lot. Total distance for this round trip, if you choose not to return directly, is about a mile.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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