Ascent of Sherrill Mound on 2011-12-05

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Monday, December 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sherrill Mound
    Elevation:1227 ft / 373 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Sherrill Mound is the 9th highest named summit point in Iowa. The peak is on private property and there was a lot of construction work being done at the west end of the summit plateau. My son, Marshall, and I drove up a paved road through an open metal gate located on the SW end of the mound. A one-lane dirt road continued to the east across the summit plateau to a high communication tower. We asked one of the construction workers if it would be okay to drive to the tower and permission was granted with no trouble. There are three closed 1220-foot contour lines on the summit plateau. There was no definite summit, so we located an area NW of the communication tower that appeared to be the highest point and took our summit photos there. Although, the eastern 1220-foot summit contour encloses a much larger area. It did not appear to be higher than the middle 1220-foot contour around the tower. The western 1220-foot contour, where all the contruction work was being done, was close to the same elevation, but it was apparent the ground had been disturbed and raised to create a level building surface. There were no good views from the center of Sherrill Mound due to the perimeter of trees, but a good view is possible in some places at the edge of the mound's plateau. As we were leaving Sherrill Mound, a friendly man stopped us and asked why we were here. It was the owner of Sherrill Mound! He thought we were workers from a cable company. We were relieved that he was not at all upset that we drove up his mound without permission and he welcomed others.
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