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Ascent of Owls Head on 2015-07-21

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Owls Head
    Location:USA-Iowa
    Elevation:980 ft / 298 m

Ascent Trip Report

i approached from the east off IA-26, via Iowa River Road (CR-A26), CR X6A, and Hartley Drive. The circuitous route from the east is required, because the former bridge on Harltley Drive over French Creek no longer exists. As I turned into Hartley Drive I met the owner of the property that includes Mount Earl. He had no problem with my climbing from opposite the active sand bit mentioned by Gustav Sexauer. Two interesting bits of trivia: The mount has been known locally as Owl's Head, and he proposed to his fiancee, now wife, on the open rocky promontory at the SW end of the summit plateau. The SE face of Mt. Earl is a very steep scramble through mostly open woods. Someone should try the NE ridge, which looks friendlier. On the descent, I followed a very sketchy use path that was helpful, but which would be difficult to follow on the ascent. Do visit the promontory, an easy and short ascent from the small saddle, which offers great views of the Iowa countryside.
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