Ascent of Branch County High Point on 2007-04-27
|Date:||Friday, April 27, 2007|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Branch County High Point|
| Elevation:||1130 ft / 344 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFriday, 4/27/2007
0.0 BP Gas Station on M 49 in Reading MI – drive south
3.8 Intersection with Montgomery Rd - turn right (west)
6.3 Intersection with Long Lake Rd - turn left (south)
7.2 Intersection of McCallum and Main St - Montgomery Fire Dept - turn right (west)
8.3 Railroad crossing - enter Branch County
8.5 Intersection with Kelley Rd - turn right (north)
9.6 Intersection with Haight Rd(branch Co) a/k/a Poats Rd (Hillsdale Co) - continue north
10.2 Intersection with Copeland Rd - turn left (west)
10.3 Park to the right just before crest in the road
After my earlier experience in Hillsdale County, I enjoyed unwinding on the drive to the next county west, Branch County. I also received the added bonus of being closer to home, so the drive back took less time than expected.
The eastern approach has no easy way to get there because the county roads do not continue east and west for great distances. Several turns are required from Hillsdale no matter what route is chosen.
As I made the final approach on Kelley Road, I was impressed by the hilly whiteness of the region. Each farm field was an up and down bumpy landscape, and the whiteness must be attributed to the prevailing crops (wheat/straw?) that have formerly been planted here. The bumps grew higher as I approached the CoHP.
Like Mike Schwartz, I parked at the side of Copeland Road just before it crested. This made an easy trailhead to the HP due north in the field. I took an easy hike north through the field stubble to the farthest high bump, which was actually a bit farther north and almost due west of the home shown on Kelley Rd on the topo map. From here, I returned southwest on a course for the home on Copeland Rd. I reached another good rise, and my relative altimeter reading here was 1111ft. Back at the car in about 0.4mi and ten minutes for the round trip, a RAR there read 1079ft.
It was my pleasure to find that Copeland Road continues due west for 8.7mi. to the I 69 exit ramp in Kinderhook MI. From here, it was an easy trip back home after successful summits of two Michigan counties.
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