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Ascent of Schoolcraft County High Point on 2019-07-27

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, July 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Schoolcraft County High Point
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

378. CoHP – SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
1050+ ft.

Saturday, 7/27/2019

When you are in the UP of Michigan, you should not pass up the chance to land three CoHP’s that are in close proximity to each other. With about an hour’s time invested, you can visit the four contours that are all located off the same road. The order you visit Schoolcraft, Alger, and Luce Counties is up to you. I happened to choose my order because I was traveling from the west. Prior trip reports from Schwartz, Lobdell, and Schwab were used to arrive in the area, and they still worked fine for me.

The roads in the area are quite sandy, but I had no trouble navigating them in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. However, a 4-wheel drive, higher clearance vehicle is recommended.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY
I spent the night overnight at a rest area conveniently located on MI-28 about 4 miles west of the easternmost junction of MI-28 and MI-77 in Seney, Michigan. Head north on MI-77 until the highway curves left. Take the lesser road that continues north to Lavender Corner. Lavender Corner is nothing more than a wide open space, with CR451 crossing east to west. Continue straight on Carlson Camp Road as it heads northeast. You will soon trend east on this road, passing Old Seney Road that heads north and another lesser road that branches to the left. In about 2.8 miles, you will arrive at “the fork in the road”: take the right branch of the fork and continue east to the Schoolcraft County contour.

I followed my GPS to a point where the Schoolcraft CoHP was directly north of my position. Here, I found a place to pull over and park. It was a bush whack of about 400ft due N to the lone HP candidate. As others have said, the elevation drops from here as you continue north further into Alger County. Reverse your directions to return to your car.

Alger County
From your parking in Schoolcraft County, find a place to turn around. Return to “the fork”, and turn right to trend northeast on Carlson Camp Road. The road is now better described as a two-track dirt road, although it is still very drivable. I followed my GPS once again until I reached a point that showed the single HP due N about 500ft. I parked in a large clearing with lots of sand in the road. Another bush whack N brought me to a mound that contained a metal sign post. On the ground beneath the post was a white, broken plastic sign. The sign was dirt-covered, and I cleaned it as best as I could. I read “Almosta Mountain Elevation 1185 (Alger?) County Highpoint Amateur Club”. Once again, the route was reversed to return me to my car.

Luce County
Luce County contains two contours that should be visited. The westernmost contour lies on the NW side of Carlson Camp Road, and it appears to be equally accessible by traveling either N or W from the road. I checked out both possibilities, which my GPS confirmed left about 200-300ft in each case. Since the W approach was the second one I investigated, I remained there and chose that approach. The logging road mentioned by Schwartz is now heavily overgrown and not drivable. I just followed my GPS and nose on an uphill bush whack until I was satisfied I had reached the summit. A short reversal brought me back to my car.

The second, easternmost contour in the county lies east of the main road. Drive a short distance NE along Carlson Camp Road until the GPS says you are a bit more than 500ft away. Park at this wide, overgrown road that formerly trended east. That road is no longer drivable; a bulldozer has mounded dirt to block vehicular traffic. Hike past the mound about 100ft, and then turn due E to bush whack up to the HP contour.

The HP area was first recognized when I spied a witness sign and post that was now nearly horizontal from vandalism, though it was still in the ground. This was in the region of what I believed was the highest ground; the witness post perhaps marked the vicinity of the BM, which was not found. I continued about 100ft more to the E and found a second, upright witness post. Near this second marker, I found the RM seen by others.

This was the last of the four contours in the area. In about an hour’s time, I had visited each one, and I had added three counties. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
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