Ascent of Carroll County High Point on 2010-04-30

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, April 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Carroll County High Point
    Elevation:830 ft / 252 m

Ascent Trip Report

830+ ft.

Friday, 4/30/2010

A bonus is awarded when you visit the Carroll county, IN HP contours. There are two candidates. The first lies just north of the Carroll/Howard/Clinton tri-county point, straddling the Carroll/Howard county line. The second lies just west of the tri-county point, straddling the Carroll/Clinton county line.

When you arrive at the Howard/Clinton county line, you are greeted by a street sign that proclaims “Clinton county line”. A second street sign says “730”, a reference to the Clinton county name, CR 730E.

Hike west through Clinton county along the southern edge of a fence-line. After about ¼ mile, the fence ends and turns north. There is no fence to the west or to the south, but the corner is marked with a large concrete post. This is the tri-county point. I walked around the post’s west face into Carroll county, and I crossed the fence east into Howard county. I did not complete a 360 degree walk because the brush was too thick along the west-east Howard/Clinton county line.

The west-east fence mentioned in Bob Schwab notes is now gone. The Carroll/Clinton county line is now marked with sporadic white posts, similar in concept to the out-of-bounds posts on golf courses.

From the tri-county marker, hike north along the fence line to the obvious rise near the county line. This is HP area 1. There is no need to investigate the east side of the fence, which is in Howard county.

For area 2, hike west along the Carroll/Clinton county line. Even without a fence, it was easy to see the county divide because of the contrasting directions the farmers had plowed the fields. Near the woods, a rise is found in the field. This is the beginning of area 2. Continue over the highest points and into the woods, where the contour continues. I wandered around the woods and satisfied myself that I had stepped on the highest ground.

It was dusk, and the sun was setting fast. I stepped on a twig, and in the distance across the woods I saw the silhouette of a deer bounding away. My presence had spooked doe #2. I would later see 2 more doe. While driving home, 2 doe arrived at the road , ready to cross in front of me. Fortunately, as I approached, they turned and bound away from the road. I looked in my rearview mirror to see them bouncing across the road after I had passed. Total hiking statistics: 30 minutes, 1.31 miles hiked.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear

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