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Ascent of Horton Hill on 2012-04-30

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Monday, April 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Horton Hill
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:1000 ft / 304 m

Ascent Trip Report

Previous trip reports will get you to the start of the hike up the hill (at two slightly different start points). They propose two different routes. John Mitchler proposes the second route as a substantially shorter hike than the other route. I tried it. Since I haven't tried both routes I can't say for sure, but I'm sceptical whether the difficulty factor is lower on this route. He describes a 0.4 mi. hike. From my parking spot my GPS put the distance to the hp at 0.41 mi. but that's crow fly; it was an actual round trip walk of about 1.2. mi. and it's a steep bushwhack. The other route is described as 2 mi. (is that round trip or one way?) but a trail hike. The route I took also involves crossing posted private property and hopping barbed wire fences. While it was deserted enough that I didn't worry about being chased off, if you're nervous about access rights that may be another reason to question this route.
My down time was actually longer than the uphill because I got slowed down by a thunderstorm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:390 ft / 118 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:390 ft / 118 m
    Extra Loss:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Trailhead:Somerset Rd.  625 ft / 190 m
    Time Up:18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Time Down:23 Minutes



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