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Ascent of Hawkeye Point on 2012-06-14

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Hawkeye Point
    Location:USA-Iowa
    Elevation:1670 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Omaha NE, I drove north to Sioux City, Iowa and then on the four lane divided Iowa State highway 60 to Sibley, Iowa. About 4 to 5 miles north of Sibley, as my GPS said I was approaching 130th street, I saw the sign on the right side of the road for the high point. 130th street was a gravel road which led off to the east. The Osceola Rural Water tower was seen partially hidden by a row of trees. The surrounding area is covered by corn fields with several farm buildings. The corn was actually “knee high” at this point in the growing season.

About 100 feet down 130th street, another sign directed me off the gravel road and onto the short driveway to the high point. There is a red barn on the left of the drive and a white house on the right. Outside the barn was a display of old farming equipment. The area of the high point was formerly part of the Sterler family farm and is now owned by the county. It is very nicely maintained and has an old barn and silo as well as examples of old farm implements.

As you enter the grounds, there is a large stone marker welcoming visitors to the site. Nearby is a “photo opportunity” board with face cut outs allowing visitors get into the rural Iowa mood by creating their own version of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”. There is an informational kiosk with some brochures and a high point register. I signed the register and helped myself to one of the complimentary high point key chains. The other side of the kiosk has a display of license plates from the various states sent in over the years to the Sterlers.

The high point display also includes a flagpole flying the US and Iowa flags, mosaic tile highpoint marker, two granite markers, five tall posts with signs showing the direction and distance to the other 50 state highpoints, and a picnic bench. I parked my car where the gravel ended and walked around the site. A family was there when I arrived, but left as the heavy overcast began to deliver a light sprinkle of rain. There is a gravel patch with a sign commemorating the high point, a Summit for Heroes rock behind it, the posts, and a wooden bench.

Looking at the signs on the posts, I saw Britton Hill in Florida which was my last high point and Mount Davis in Pennsylvania which will be the next. The picnic bench was a nice place to view the surrounding corn fields. The focal point of the high point is a round concrete disc with a mural on it. After spending some time enjoying the high point, I walked through the red barn to get out of the light rain and saw some posters but not much more. It was then time to start the three hour drive back to Omaha.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast



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