Ascent of Cleveland High Point on 2008-02-20

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Cleveland High Point
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the map, there is a "1050" topographical line that crosses from outside the north-south boundary between Cleveland and Warrensville Heights near the intersection of East 189th Street and Harvard Avenue, loops south over part of East 189th Street, and crosses back. From the map, it looks like the high point should be somewhere halfway between East 189th Street, which runs north-south in Cleveland, and Shadywood Lane, which is parallel to East 189th Street and east of it in Warrensville Heights.

The actual ground appears to be flat. The area is covered with closely spaced houses of nearly identical design, which differ mostly in their trim and details. The back yards, which run up against the border, are mostly fenced. I drove around from East 189th, across Harvard Avenue, and down Shadywood -- everything looked absolutely flat.

Then I drove back to East 189th and went west on Judson, a side street running east-west, parallel to Harvard Avenue. At the intersection of Judson and East 188th are a couple of grassy mounds six or eight feet high, forming part of the side lawn of a hospital or school. I climbed up both of these mounds -- it felt like the highest place in the neighborhood, even though it is slightly outside the "1050" line on the map. So I feel these mounds form the true high point. They are too small to be included on the topographical map.
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