Ascent of Lorain County High Point on 2011-03-24

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, March 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lorain County High Point
    Elevation:1129 ft / 344 m

Ascent Trip Report

X-country/bushwack ...... 2.7 miles, 2h50 hours for all 6 areas.

I used Mike Schwartz's TR of 2000 and Bob Packard's TR of 2002 in my research for this hike .... I decided on a combination of their routes.

Area 1 ..... At the intersection of 224/58 in Sullivan, we traveled North on 58 for 2 miles to CR40, turned left (west) 1 mile to a right on T581 then .3 miles to a grass track on the right ..... this is just past the crest-of-road and before the woods or 300 yards south on the Lorain/Ashland County Line straight ahead. This was the route used by Schartz and my TH in Ashland County.
I walked east along the south side of the woods (past a red barn in the woods to the left), then followed the woods outline north/east to a Large Plastic Tank at the corner of the woods, about 600 yards from the TH. I entered/bushwacked the woods north about 150 yards to the PB coordinates at the County Line. I stomped around making sure I covered the high ground (no-way for me to identify the County Line if not for the PB coordinates). The woods are fairly open making for easy going.

Warning: This area appears to be very popular/well-used hunting/target-practice grounds .... ATV tracks, animal paths/tracks, shooting towers and salt/feeding station at a blue plastic barrel. Stay away from the hunting season.

Area 2 ..... From Area 1 I continued east (bushwack/x-country) using my compass and the edges of the woods/open fields as my line of travel on the County Line. I had to go around a low drainage area. The obvious highround for Area 2 is on the north side of the second patch of woods, 75 yards east of the northwest corner of these woods (about 400-500 yards from Area 1). Luckily we had overnight freezing temperature, making for good crispy walking except at a number of low/wet drainage areas.
I saw a herd of 8 deer to the northeast.

I suggest looking at the Satellite Google Map to better understand the routes described in this report. The RT totals for Area 1 and 2 are 1.4 miles, 50 minutes.

Area 3 and 4 ..... Easy hikes. We returned to 58 and drove north half a mile to the Ashland/Lorain County Line and parked the van in Schwartz's "driveway to nowhere". I first walked less than 100 yards west to Area 3, staying in Lorain County (the north side of the tree/County Line). Then I walked west (also in Lorain County) 200-300 yards to the obvious highground for Area 4. I stayed away from the house in Ashland County set back-in south of the tree/County Line.

Area 5 and 6 ...... from area 4 I continued east on the County Line following Packard's route. I got to the woods in a few hundred yards, then I basically stayed with the fence-line/compass in order to stay on the County Line, I always took the easy-way following tracks/paths, went around low drainage area at few places. I got to Area 5 at about 600-700 yards (25 minutes). I continued east 100+ yards for Area 6, stomped around some. On the way I crossed a resemblance of a north/south track (this could be an easier way here, should be checked out). The going is not difficult however there are rough/wet spots to contend with thorny vines and some dense stretches to fight.

The RT totals for Areas 3, 4, 5 and 6 are 1.3 miles, 2 hours.
As noted in numerous reports visiting multi-candidates highpoints is not my cup-of-tea. I'm a PB and not a surveyor, Area 1 with a coordinate is my bag/passion, the others I find somewhat a waste of time since I don't know if they are highpoints.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:129 ft / 39 m
    Elevation Loss:129 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:79 ft / 24 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:X-country/bushwack eb from T581/58
    Trailhead:T581/58  1100 ft / 335 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:79 ft / 24 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:X-country/bushwack eb from T581
    Trailhead:T581/58  1100 ft / 335 m

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