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

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Leelanau County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1165 ft / 355 m

Ascent Trip Report

369. CoHP - LEELANAU COUNTY, MICHIGAN
ROVE HILL
1165+ ft.

Tuesday, 7/23/2019

You can do this one the easy way, or you can make the way much harder. I started with the hard way before I learned that lesson.

My approach to the area was along the same route detailed in the Schuler trip report. I arrived at Harry’s Road and the Gallagher Road as described, and I decided to stop at the last house south to seek permission to do the hike.

I was greeted by a couple of dogs, so I thought I was at the same place as Schuler. I knocked at the back door, and a friendly lady answered. Unfortunately, she was just house-sitting for a relative. She said she would have to call the owners to see if permission was granted. It was late in the day, and I was told the owners would be home soon anyway.

A few minutes later, a man arrived in a truck. He is the one that pointed out to me that access could be better managed by visiting the winery up the hill. I had not seen the winery since I arrived from the north. A dirt road left Gallagher Road and went to the winery, he said. He did not grant permission to me, but someone at the winery could probably do so.

I left his property and drove to the dirt road and headed up the hill past a couple of sheds or barns. Eventually, I reached a broader space that was a parking lot. The hill was to the east, and the winery was to the west.

As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a couple of posts sticking out of the ground near the woods. They were 4x4’s sticking up about 5-6ft each. I wandered into the woods near one of the posts, and I followed my GPS to reach the target point which was very nondescript.

I was at the northern end of a long, narrow ridge that ran north-south. As I made my way back to the car, I encountered some more of the posts, and I decided that they were marking a trail which I began to follow. Before long, I arrived at another high spot. This time, it was a broad, cleared area that even had a picnic table. I soon learned that I was at Rove Point, complete with a sign that claimed the elevation to be 1165ft.

It was not clear to me which of the two parts of the contour was the true high ground of the county. Obviously, the “tourist” point gets high marks for ease of access. But future visitors should consider a visit to both areas since its not that difficult to walk in the mostly open woods.

The Rove Estate Winery can be reached more easily and more directly by a driveway that comes off of M-72, the E Traverse Highway. My GPS coordinates for the winery sign next to the road was N44.77523 W85.71717.

As I was leaving the parking lot, I spied a Suburu sporting a red Colorado license plate that was also leaving. I wondered if it was another CoHPer on their way to the Konvention. That would not surprise me, especially after I later learned that a certain Colorado couple had also logged a visit to nearby Briar Hill on this very same day.
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