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Ascent of Lake County High Point on 2019-07-23

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lake County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1410 ft / 429 m

Ascent Trip Report

366. CoHP - LAKE COUNTY, MICHIGAN
RM ORONO
1410+ ft.

Tuesday, 7/23/2019

There is obvious irony in this county name. Why, in a state surrounded by some of the world’s largest fresh-water lakes, is Lake County not adjacent to any of those lakes? Just wondering….

My approach brought me in from the east whereas the Schuler approach was from the west. From US-10, drive north on South Deer Lake Road. My GPS led me to what was called “East Weak Trail” (N43.92891 W85.58282). This gated road had a chain but no lock. Open the gate and pass through, and close the gate behind you.

Continue along this road until you arrive at a second gate that is a homemade iron gate similar to the first. The difference is that this gate is locked. At this point, the road has forked, and another gate is found immediately to the south. It is also locked, and it is posted.

My GPS showed only 0.6mi to the summit from here, so I decided to park and walk the remainder (parked at N43.92777 W85.59265). I followed my GPS down the right fork of the road. At some point, the road bent and I saw a trailer in the distance. Its surroundings suggested this was an active trailer. As I continued up the road, I arrived at a spur that went off to the left. The spur led to a clearing, and I decided to go that way, wanting to avoid the trailer area.

From the clearing, I began to pick up some orange survey tape that had been liberally placed to show the way for someone. I followed the survey tape up the hill, confirmed by my GPS tracking in the same direction. Eventually though, the survey tape stopped being put out. I came to a tree that had blue blazes on it. I relied entirely on my compass and GPS from that point.

From my parked car, it was basically a bush whack W to the HP. When I got to the HP area, I wandered around a bit to satisfy myself. I was able to find an orange survey post and RM ORONO. Others have reported finding BM ORONO, but I did not locate the BM.

This was an amazing region to see wild turkeys. I saw numerous turkeys as I was driving from place to place.

This was a basic out and back; I followed the same route in reverse to arrive back at my car. Trip statistics: 1.97mi round trip, 43 minutes, 187ft total gain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:187 ft / 56 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Bushwhack W to HP
    Trailhead:Locked Gate E of HP  1223 ft / 372 m



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