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Ascent of Washington County High Point on 2011-03-14

Climber: Jason Reed

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, March 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Washington County High Point
    Location:USA-Minnesota
    Elevation:1104 ft / 336 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving to this high point I thought it would be as easy as it could get. It runed out to be easy, but not as easy as I originally thought...

I drove North on Tower Rd, took a left on Highpointe Drive, and a left on Windsor Lane. Highpointe Rd. passes right by the south side of the hill. There is a clear "Private Property sign next to the road and a visible impassable fence at the top. The hill was covered in snow and it was evident that kids had gone sledding on that hill so I figured the hill would be safe enough to explore. Per David Olson's description written 12 years ago there is a fence on the south side of the summit with a break in the fence somewhere. My plan was to climb the hill to the fence and walk as far as necessary to the break or the to end. The problem was there was no break and at both ends of that fence and there were other fences leading away from the summit toward some houses. So I ditched that plan and ran back to the car.

I went back out to Tower Rd. and continued North. The road gets almost as high as the high point and at teh top it appeared there was easy access past a building through a parking lot. The new plan was to run in and out, although I wanted to park farther down to get at least a minimal amount of climb in. I found a church at the intersection of Tower Rd and Afton Rd. There was only 1 other car there so I left mine there.

I ran up tower road and as I got to the building that I'd have to run by there was a guy outside finishing some kind of work and heading inside. I thought I could make it to the high point and back quickly but if I asked maybe I'd get more time. I also thought if peopel were actively working there it's more likely i'd get caught. So I went inside, explained what I was trying to do, and the guys told me I had to check with the main administrator across the street. On the drive in I thought the building across the street was a school but apparently it wasn't.

So I went across the street, asked for the main guy (forgot his name) and the people at the front desk told me he was in a meeting. It seemed there were radio tower peopel there and water dept people as well. I told them that I only wanted to go for a couple minutes to say I went there and take a couple pictures of myself. I welcomed them to come as well to assure them I wasn't trying to cause trouble. After a quick discussion both a water guy and a tower woman agreed it would be OK. So I ran back across the street and had plenty of time ot look att he surroundings and take some photos. On my way down I stopped in the building to thanks them and to let them know I was leaving the property.


GPS Attempt 1:
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/73451732

GPS Attempt 2 (Successful):
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/73451735
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:73 ft / 22 m
    Total Elevation Loss:73 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:73 ft / 22 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Tower Rd, then through Parking lot
    Start Trailhead:Church at intersection of Tower Rd. and Afton Rd.  1031 ft / 314 m
    Time:7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:73 ft / 22 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Parkign lot, then down Tower Rd.
    End Trailhead:Church at intersection of Tower Rd. and Afton Rd.  1031 ft / 314 m
    Time:6 Minutes



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