Ascent of Menominee County High Point on 2014-05-25

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Jobe
and Dick
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Menominee County High Point
    Elevation:1420 ft / 432 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first highpoint completed with other cohpers! We met up at the NW corner of the county early in the morning to leave room for additional highpoints today. It was interesting to hike with others that all had their own techniques and way about highpointing as we rambled around until we were satisfied that we had stood at the top of all of the many bumps in each of the twelve contours. We started with the large one and immediately found a hummock near the NW corner that showed promise. We continued south and found a few mounds that way have been pushed up by graders that made a web of logging roads in these woods long ago. The consensus was that the contour generally sloped up to the NW, but interestingly although it is a liner, there is not a higher contour in Langlade County. We then bushwhacked across a gully to the long contour vaguely shaped like a seahorse. It was very prominent, in terms of this forest, and had a definite spot that we could call the highest in that contour. This one is a serious contender for the top spot. Then we went back to the county line and made our way to a tiny point SE of a gate on the road. There are lots of trees on it which made it hazardous to get up. It is small but prominent. The next contour east has two parallel ridges with depressions in between. The west ridge is higher than the east. It was fairly easy traveling on the county line based off of GPS and a fence in some places. The brush hadn't filled in for the summer yet. Next on the line we ascended a large general area with five contours. We moseyed over all of them and verified the coordinates, but none of them seemed very impressive. On the way back to the cars on the road we climbed back up the bank to look for a high hummock in the eastern part of the largest contour. It seemed to slope to the NW corner still. After pulling off dozens of ticks we drove south from where we parked and then took a left at an intersection where the good gravel road goes right. We went on an okay dirt road east to a T intersection and then took a left. I looked for something resembling a gravel pit but didn't see one. There were a number of logging roads in various states of degradation headed north, and I just chose the one that looked like it was directly south of the final three areas after first driving past it. Jobe agreed that it looked correct because he had previous done just these three points. We walked north on this logging road for quite some time, in places dodging standing water. The bugs were a bit bad around here. Eventually we bushwhacked off trail to the easternmost point. It wasn't very impressive. We then found a very old county boundary fence to walk along to the west along with a faint old track. The logging roads, however, didn't line up well with the topo. We made it to the other small area and then went back on the line to the biggest of these three. We found a survey marker in route that is the section marker for Langlade County. The large area had a few hummocks, but still nothing impressive. We found a different N-S trail back that eventually met back up with our original trail and we arrived at the cars. About three hours for the nine western points, 15 min of driving between, and an hour for the eastern points. This is a nice forest with lots of trillium and birds, but unfortunately ticks too. I very much enjoyed chatting along the way and making new friends!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:283 ft / 85 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Loss on way in:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Start Trailhead:NW Corner  1433 ft / 436 m
    Time:4 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:Ernest Neconish Road  1350 ft / 411 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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