Ascent of Paulding County High Point on 2007-02-27

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Paulding County High Point
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tuesday, 2/27/2007

Time Out / In: 5:07pm / 6:04pm
Temperature: mid 30’s
Wind: Breezy
Tools/Aids: Pedometer, Topo maps
Steps/Distance hiked: 3,894 steps = about 2.02 miles

0.0 – Leave work
1.9 – Intersection of US 30/Doyle Road
8.9 – Intersection of IN 101
12.4 – State Line Road (Paulding CR 1)

I followed Bob Schwab’s notes that clearly led me to this high point area. In fact, I believe I saw Bob’s tire prints as I parked my car in the same general area on the Indiana-Ohio state line road.

I chose this as the first local CoHP for a variety of reasons. First, it is near one of my workplaces. I grew up in New Haven IN, the reference point for the mileage directions given here. Our family had often traveled US 30 east into Ohio for a variety of reasons, so I knew this area well. Finally, the presence of two nearby tri-county points would make this a suitable spontaneous endeavor even at this late hour.

As I got out of my car, I looked toward the woods lying to the southeast. Although it was ¼ - ½ mile away, I could clearly make out some white-tailed deer that were coming out of the western edge of the woods to glean some field corn. By my count, there were 17 of them. That’s quite a herd. I could not imagine where that many deer could hide in this area that did not have any large woods.

It was a nice day, and I decided to hike the entire distance to the farthest high point and back. I locked the car and set off into Ohio. With my topo map as a reference, I kept my eyes peeled for the highest land. Walking along the south side of the eastbound lane, I soon spied the first high area near the fence line.

I left the highway to go over and physically set foot on it. I continued to walk along the fence line as I watched the deer in the distant field. Even though I was quite far away, I believe I am the one who spooked them all as I saw their white tails hopping into the safety of the woods. When they were all gone, I moved back out to the highway brim to avoid the difficulty of hiking in the spongy snow.

I hiked past a fireworks building that was personally familiar to me, including the tall 25ft statue of Uncle Sam that stands as a sign above the building. Indiana has a weird fireworks law. There are several classes of fireworks that can be BOUGHT in Indiana, but to do so you have to sign a statement saying the purchase is for out-of-state use only. You can buy various kinds of fireworks this way that are not legal to USE in Indiana. (Wink-wink, nod-nod). Yeah, right.

Well, I have my own version of morality on this topic. Rather than sign a statement that I clearly would not abide by (I have on occasion bought the fireworks in Indiana and taken them to Michigan to shoot off), I choose to travel to Ohio, buy the same fireworks at this very building, and transport them back to Indiana to blow off there. Ohio does not require me to sign a statement saying they will not be carried back to Indiana. The police do not bother you in Indiana as long as you are only blowing off the fireworks on/near July 4th.

I continued hiking past the woods and located a small pond shown on the topo map. I also spied another small high area, but I did not walk over to it. I was close enough to “bag” it.

My hike took me 1 mile into Ohio to a turnaround point just past a drainage ditch near the sign marking the Paulding Co/Van Wert Co line. This was clearly past the high ground shown on the topo map. I crossed US 30 and began hiking west along the northern brim of the highway.

The rest of the hike was pretty uneventful. I passed a second, smaller fireworks building on the north side of the highway. It was painted with wide, alternating red-and-white stripes.

Somewhere in the area of this small fireworks building, I glanced across the field back towards the south side of the woods where the deer had retreated. I noted several deer now moving into the field to the south of the woods. I was now farther away than when I first saw the herd, but I paused to watch and count. This time, I saw 22 of the small, running/hopping dots.

Although the topo map shows the high contour as being slightly off the highway, the highway itself was where the highest contours were located and is the obvious reason for the highway being placed there. Immediately off the north side of the highway for the entire trip back, the fields were about 10 ft lower.

Ten feet was essentially the elevation gain for the entire trip except for one brief diversion. To break the monotony, I took a brief side excursion to climb a 20ft hill made with the diggings from a local backyard pond. To return to the highway, I hopped the right-of-way fence at a nice timber support of the kind widely used by the Ohio Dept of Transportation. These fences are easy to cross because they are stretched tightly, have large square sections for footing, and do not have barbed wire at the top.

I completed this leisurely 2-mile hike, arriving back at my car and driving off to find the first nearby tri-county point.
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