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Ascent of Charles Mound on 1998-05-19

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charles Mound
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:1235 ft / 376 m

Ascent Trip Report

Charles Mound is a small hill in the extreme northwest corner of the state, an "erosional remnant" from the ancient glaciers that covered North America way back when. It is part of a hill complex that spreads into Wisconsin and Iowa.

The weather in Chicago was humid but calm. However, farther west, I encountered heavy thunderstorms. Fortunately, these abated as I neared Galena in the mid-afternoon. I also dropped and busted my eyeglasses. Note to self: get that newfangled Lasik done.

Galena sits astride the Mississippi River and has gigantic bulwarks and gates to guard against flooding. From town, I followed lesser roads to the village of Scales Mound, closest town to Charles Mound.

I parked at the base of the access road and walked the rest, a short stroll to the top. There was a sign and lawnchair at the highpoint. I admired the views, then returned to my car, a round trip of 40 minutes. I crossed the Mississip into Iowa and stayed the night in Cedar Falls. The weather got interesting again, perhaps a little too interesting for my comfort level.

(Note: Charles Mound is now privately owned, but the landowners allow access on selected weekends during the year. The National highpointers club would have the dates. Please don't go unannounced. When I visited, there was no restriction in place.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:1135 ft / 345 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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