Ascent of Livingston County High Point on 2012-09-27

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Livingston County High Point
    Elevation:1230 ft / 374 m

Ascent Trip Report

Final summit of a CHP of the day. Found the entrance to the nice subdivision easily and no guard gate. The recession has hit real estate hard here. There were some nice homes but many vacant lots.
I parked in the R/W along a stretch of road that was over grown and no houses developed near my car. Then I jogged up the road and found a jeep trail up a very steep side of the mountain where this former ski lift was located. Within 20 steps I had picked up over 50 sandspurs and they were poking me ever step. Sandspurs in Michigan? I had no idea. I thought they were only an annoyance found in the beaches of Florida.

I thought that the structure at the top of the HP might be a common lot or clubhouse from my study of the google aerial but it actually appeared to be a recently constructed residential structure. The way I came up kept the structure hidden from view until I popped up over the steep embankment. I did not realize that until I essentially just popped up on their private property and was tresspassing. I don't deliberately like to do that. Nobody was home and it was approaching dusk so I retreated quickly after tagging the top.

Sucessful day - 5 peaks (4 indiviudal CHPs) and acquired by five and half miles of jog-hiking and nearly 1000 feet of veritcal gain. Total time in the car and hiking for the day 5 hours before I found my hotel back in Ann Arbor.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:145 ft / 44 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Majestic Valley Ct to jeep trail
    Trailhead:Grand Summit Dr  1085 ft / 330 m
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:dusk and cool
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:7 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Michigan CHP Trip AA

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grampian Hills2012-09-27 a224 ft / 68 m
2Mount Christie2012-09-27 b145 ft / 44 m
3Mount Holly2012-09-27 c230 ft / 70 m
4Genesee County High Point2012-09-27 d110 ft / 34 m
5Livingston County High Point2012-09-27 e145 ft / 44 m
Total Trip Gain: 854 ft / 260 m    Total Trip Loss: 854 ft / 260 m

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