Ascent of Hoosier Hill on 2007-01-07

Climber: John Gower

Others in Party:Amanda Robitaille
Date:Sunday, January 7, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hoosier Hill
    Elevation:1257 ft / 383 m

Ascent Trip Report

1/7/2007 - Today Amanda and I visited our first highpoint, Hoosier Hill, the highest point in Indiana. We left Indianapolis about 10:30, and after fueling up, headed toward Richmond, IN on I-70. Our first highpoint, we really didn't know what to expect. We recorded the coordinates into a recently purchased TomTom navigation system, and wanted to see how close the GPS system would get us. To our surprise, it got us exactly to the spot. After driving for just over an hour on the highway we turned onto 27 North, to Arba Pike, and then on to Bethel Rd. As the road narrowed, and expectantly became more and more countryside, we officially declared that we were in "the middle of nowhere." We made a final left turn onto Elliot Rd, and soon after TomTom announced "You Have Reached Your Destination." Sure enough, to the left side of the road was a gravel drive, with a sign labeled "Highest Point." We turned in and just a few yards off the road was the highpoint. It had been sprinkling and raining all morning and it rained most of the time we were there. The highpoint consisted of a small area with a picnic table, pile of rocks with highpoint, and a wooden highpoint sign. We signed the logbook, and were surprised that by now, about ten minutes to noon, several people had already visited the highpoint that day. Only spending a few minutes, we left and headed back to Indianapolis, with our first highpoint completed. It was a perfect rainy day to drive through cornfields to the highest point in Indiana. Probably one of the easiest summits we'll face for sure.
- John
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