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Ascent of Rusk County High Point on 2014-05-05

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rusk County High Point
    Location:USA-Wisconsin
    Elevation:1750 ft / 533 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rusk County is made easier, now, because of a logging road that goes through the county forest and comes quiet close to the three contenders (the western of the two southeast 1750' contours is not a contender). The road to turn on from F has no sign other than a brown post with a yellow mark on it signifying the Ice Age Trail. I parked at the end of this road and started hiking through a green gate that is on a logging road headed SW out of the "lot". The trail takes a westerly heading and meanders its way. There is one T intersection where I continued straight west before the road turns to go north. From here I bushwhacked through a noisy swamp that I almost had to cover my ears to get through. There were lots of briars to brush past. At the top of the SE point there was a chair made out of a stump surrounded by some logs. It seemed like a deer stand to me. This hill was higher than the one immediately to the west of it. However, I crossed the lower one and came out on the logging road at a cleared out pull off spot. Then I went north and immediately came to a fork with a high road to the left and a low road to the right. The low road looked like it ended so I took the high road. This road went too straight north, and so I bushwhacked over the next two hills and met back up with the left fork which didn't actually end. I walked this to the end where I was in between the second and third contenders. The western one was a quick fight through some briars. I made a small cairn and put some orange ribbon in it. The eastern one took a couple minutes to get to because I had to drop down past two ponds in a saddle and then regain to top the more prominent hill. I left orange ribbon on a stump here. To go back, I just followed the logging road all the way back to where I parked. I would have had an easier time sticking to the road the whole way, but at least I was able to understand very clearly where I was at all times on this hike. This was a fun stroll through the woods.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:320 ft / 96 m
    Elevation Loss:320 ft / 96 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Extra Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Logging Road
    Trailhead:1670 ft / 509 m
    Time Up:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Logging Road
    Trailhead:1670 ft / 509 m
    Time Down:20 Minutes



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