Ascent of Adams County High Point on 2007-04-06

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, April 6, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Adams County High Point
    Elevation:895 ft / 272 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday, 4/6/2007

0.0 Intersection of US 27 and IN 116 in Geneva, IN (IN 116 begins and heads west here; it no longer continues east to the Ohio line as shown on topo maps.) Take the road east. E. Line Rd in Geneva becomes CR 1050S outside the town limits
1.5 Continue straight as the road bends south and then east again to become CR 1100S as it passes the north/south road named CR 000N
6.6 Turn right (south) onto CR 500S
7.1 Turned around at rise in road
7.4 Park on right side of road next to white “T” painted in the road
7.6 Continue north back to CR 1100S – turn right (east)
8.2 Arrive at 5623E 1100S – the Muhlenkamp farm.

I have driven US 27 countless times between Fort Wayne and Portland, IN, so I had passed near this HP many times in my life. I would be doing it again in just two days on Easter Sunday as we traveled to an afternoon family gathering.

From the first parking site, I hiked ENE into the field to a high spot toward the silos. Then I hiked SE toward the woods and another high elevation. This is probably the HP of the small contour area shown on the topo maps. From this location, I could see the Muhlenkamp farm that appeared to be on a higher elevation. I completed the short 0.3mi loop back to my car and drove off to visit the other county high contour.

As you travel east on CR 1100S, you will travel up a noticeable rise that can be seen from far away. I pulled into the driveway at the crest of this rise, and I noticed a farmer driving his tractor back toward the barn. I walked over and introduced myself to Gary Muhlenkamp, the homeowner. I found Gary to be very personable, and he gave me a sort history of the site. He was aware that his land is the county HP. Gary has lived at this site for about 30 years now, and he appeared to be about 50 years old. He walked me over to a high spot just west of the house where a tree had previously grown. This was the highest spot based on my quick scan of the area surrounding the home. Gary asked if I wanted to meet his wife. I appreciated the offer but declined since I had some other travels to complete. He invited me back anytime.
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