Ascent of North Wabash County High Point on 2007-05-04

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, May 4, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Wabash County High Point
    Elevation:920 ft / 280 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday, 5/4/2007

0.0 Huntington County Area 2 – travel west
0.4 Grant-Huntington-Wabash tri-county intersection – continue west
0.5 Rise in road near Wabash County highpoints – continue west
0.6 Park on right side of road near deteriorating barn
4.3 Intersection with IN 15 – turn right (north)
31.6 Continue through Wabash to intersection with IN 114 - turn left ( west)
33.5 Intersection with CR 700W - turn right (north)
35.9 Park and hike to 3 northern HP contours

Six areas in Southeast Corner of the County
It makes sense to visit the six southeastern contour areas of Wabash County at the same time the Huntington County contours are visited. The two counties share a common highest elevation, 920+ ft. Their highest contours lie within 1 mile of each other along the county line road with neighboring Grant County. In fact, the first contour (Area 1) should be examined while visiting this tri-county intersection since one of the high contours covers the intersection and therefore parts of Huntington and Wabash counties.

All six areas lie in a farm field, and a moderate amount of hiking will cover all six points. (By moderate, I took a little more than 1 mile to hike all six contours from the car and back). Immediately north of the parking spot (west of the barn) is the largest of the contours (Area 2) and what may also be the highest spot elevation. A relative altimeter reading (RAR) at this point read 942ft. I then continued north and slightly west to the highest ground (Area 3) that appeared near the woods beyond the farm land. Readings taken in this part of the field were 932ft and 940ft, with the higher ground being next to the woods where the field met the woods to the north and west.

I continued following the woods edge west and then north, keeping an eye into the woods for any noticeable elevation changes. It is my opinion that the woods were lower in elevation than the farmland I was hiking, and I never entered the woods for readings. The next high ground I came to (Area 4) was also near the woods, but the RAR there was 938ft.

Turning south, I returned to the county road by walking straight over the two remaining contours (Areas 5,6). The RAR measures for these areas were 933ft and 941ft. As I left Area 6, I turned ESE and returned to the high ground of Area 2, and RAR yielded results similar to the first readings.

Three areas in Northwest Corner of the County
Wabash County is a tall but relatively narrow county. With high contours in the southeast and northwest corners of the county, the drive between the two areas is likely to be one of the longest taken in any one Indiana county.

Leaving the southeast corner of the county, travel west along the Grant County line 3.7 miles to arrive at IN 15. I was detained for a brief moment along the way as I nearly ran over a box turtle that was crossing the road in a dip between two swampy areas. I stopped and considered picking up this traveler, but I changed my mind. I watched as he/she completed the trek across the road. These chance sightings of wildlife are one of the pleasures of the CoHPing experience.

Nearly 28 miles later, we pass through Wabash and arrive in the northern part of Wabash County at an intersection with IN 114. A left turn and 1.9 miles later brings you to CR 700W. Turn right here and continue 2.4 miles to a crest in the road and the northern HP contours. A flat area to the left of a driveway is a perfect place to park off the side of the road. The driveway leads to a new home that has been constructed on the site.

From your car, hike generally northeast into stickers and a tall-grassy, non-farmed field that extends several hundred feet until it reaches woods. The land is rolling but not difficult to hike. The three contours are obvious as you make the trek through the grasses. Just follow your nose and count 1-2-3. Relative altimeter readings showed the 3 bumps to be nearly equal in elevation, varying about 5 feet from the elevation at the car. I felt the second contour was the highest, but each future hiker will have to assess this.

Since the car was parked near contour #1, elevation gain on the hike is negligible. This pleasant 22-minute hike covered about .83mi. At 6:54pm with plenty of light left, I set off to do as much of nearby Fulton County as I could accomplish before dark.
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