Ascent of Miami County High Point on 2011-07-16

Climber: John Hasch

Others in Party:Roy Wallen (driver)
Fred Lobdell on the revisit.
Date:Saturday, July 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Miami County High Point
    Elevation:1160 ft / 353 m

Ascent Trip Report

1,160+ ft.

Saturday, 7/16/2011

Having successfully reached the summit “bump” in Champaign County, I reset my GPS to the northern contour of Miami County. The two Miami CoHP contours lie right near the western border of Champaign County, so I would be approaching them from the east rather than the approach given by Bob Schwab.

NOTE: Future visitors should consider also making a visit to the contours of nearby Shelby County. The Shelby HP area with its 3 contours can be seen from the northern Miami HP contour, about 1 mile away. Roads near that site form the Shelby-Miami-Logan tri-county point.

Southern contour
When the GPS reported some road names that were familiar to me, I knew the destination was close. I headed west on Mahan Road and saw that my next turn was north on Worthington Road. I recognized this as the corner near Miami’s southern contour. When I reached this bend, I pulled off the road into the farm fields to the left and parked in an equipment field access site.

At this point, I was facing due south. A crop of corn was in the field to the left, and a field of soybeans was to the right. The topo map showed this line to be the Champaign-Miami County line, so once again I was blessed with the ankle-high soybeans being in the correct county for today’s investigation.

The topo map shows this contour to be irregular-shaped and extending out into the field. My basic strategy was to hike the corn-soy line south, and I diverted my hike out into the fields to investigate the most curious high grounds. At some points, I was perhaps a couple hundred feet into the field. I followed this strategy south for something over a quarter mile until I reached the obvious last bit of high ground (highest overall in my opinion) where the land dropped continuously beyond that point. Having touched all the interesting field points along the way out, I returned by hiking strictly along the corn-soy border.

Not too far north on this return trip, I observed a cement field marker that lay in the border between the two fields. I had not noticed this marker on the trip out. It is identifiable by its severe list, tilting much more severely than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Future hikers can used this mark as a reference point because my belief is that the highest ground was in the part of the field I had just come from, south of this leaning object. Trip statistics: Time on this contour: about 20 minutes. Total distance hiked: about 0.68mi. GPS readings: maxed out in the 1174 range.

Northern contour
From my parking spot, it was an easy reversal of directions in the Schwab trip report to arrive at the northern contour. (HP tip: If your car odometer does not record tenths of miles, try looking at the trip odometer instead. I found that the trip odometer in my Jeep gave me just what I needed.) I drove west on Snodgrass Road, turned right (north) on Lena-Palestine Road and drove 0.4mi. As expected, I found another filed pull-out where I parked.

I looked east along two fields. Who could have scripted it any better? A crop of corn was growing to the left, and a crop of – let’s say it all together – ankle-high soy beans – was growing to the right. The field of soybeans contained the HP candidate, so I was clear to make a trip to the HP . My visual observation of the left edge of a woods basically due east of the HP contour also confirmed by understanding that I was in the right place.

It was an easy trip to visit this HP, a stone’s throw before you get to the woods. I returned to my car, and Miami County was checked off my list to be colored green when I got back home. Trip statistics: Time in the field: about 12 minutes. Total distance hiked: about 0.38mi. GPS readings: maxed out in the 1168 range.

It was a gratifying chance I took today to visit the two counties. I was pleased to find that I was only about 15 miles from Bellefontaine from here. I returned to the state HP around 12:05pm, just in time to take part in the HP ceremonies. There were speeches, photos, and watermelon. The trip was so enjoyable that I told a few friends about it. I was pleased to find out later that another county hiker was inspired to visit the Champaign County HP later that afternoon before the evening’s banquet. I also aroused interest in two other county hikers, and they accepted my offer to navigate them on a successful three-county expedition (we revisited Champaign, Miami and Shelby counties) that added some color to their central-southwestern Ohio maps. We retraced my drive from this morning. We got back just in time to retrieve our separate vehicles and drive to the banquet just as the preliminaries were starting.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
A perfect day

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