Ascent of Owen County High Point on 2010-10-02

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Saturday, October 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Owen County High Point
    Elevation:934 ft / 284 m

Ascent Trip Report

934 ft.

Saturday, 10/2/2010

Setting off from home on a not-so-straight-line route to the Konvention in Mississippi, I was later getting started than I would like. It was already after noon. I was leaving a week earlier than the Konvention so that I could explore some of areas to the southwest in Missouri and Arkansas, among others. My ambitious trip set sights on 6 state HP’s as well as several CoHP’s along the way. But first I had to get out of Indiana. I hoped daylight would still allow time to visit some of the southwestern Indiana counties that were near the interstate to St. Louis, I-70. I would be there in about 3 hours.

First up was Owen County. I used the Bob Schwab trip report to get a general understanding of the area, but I would be approaching from the north, while Bob had approached from the south and west of the HP. From the town of Quincy, IN, travel south on CR300E for about a mile to its terminus at a T-intersection. Turn left onto CR1000N and proceed for about 0.2mi to the first intersection. Turn right onto CR350E (a/k/a Stone Mountain Road) and drive uphill about 0.8mi to park near the crest of the road. (Note that this road continues south and trends east. Somewhere along the way, the road name changes to CR360E as noted by Schwab.)

The hills were intense as I approached the HP area, intense at least for Indiana! I arrived at the top of the final hill and parked along the side of the road near a farm gate in the fence to my right. This was obviously the same gate mentioned by Bob. The corn-laden farm field had recently been harvested, so it was easy to see the lay of the land. The HP lay in the field behind me, a short and obvious journey to the northwest. I wandered around a bit as I satisfied myself that I had stepped on the highest land. I felt the actual HP was in the vicinity of N39.42511 W86.70679.

This is an easy and impressive county by Indiana standards, and I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANY AND ALL to make a point of visiting here when you are in the area. The views from the top are very nice. You can generally see for thousands of feet in 3 directions – west, south, and east - a hilly region that is a fair mixture of woods, pastures, and farmed ground. Among all Indiana counties I have visited to date, I would easily rank this one in the top 5 for prominence views from the summit. Trip statistics: Time = about 18 minutes of wandering to satisfy myself; Distance = about 0.2mi for the round trip; Elevation gain = about 26 feet total.

BOB SCHWAB UPDATE – After you pass the tower along US231 (which I saw as I departed the area), watch for CR850N (not 850E). This is a/k/a Truesdale Road, particularly as you approach CR360E.

UPDATE: A subsequent visit was done on 1/4/2015 to visit a newly-discovered contour in the southern part of the county near Monroe County's BM McGuire. A separate trip report describes that trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:26 ft / 7 m
    Extra Gain:3 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Farm field through gate
    Trailhead:Crest of road  914 ft / 278 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes

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