Ascent of Cook County High Point on 2014-07-12

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:my friend
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cook County High Point
    Elevation:950 ft / 289 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Shannon Dillmore's directions from the small parking area for the Helm's Woods Nature Preserve (0.3 mi on Helm Road past Roundstone Lane). There were only a few puddles to avoid, and the only bushwhack was a hundred feet of woods and a couple hundred yards through the tall grass/shrubs under the power lines. The high point appears to be on a well-mowed lawn on a bump adjacent to the grass shrubs, but far enough away from any houses and the guy mowing the lawn across the street, so that no one interrupted us from taking a couple hero shots on top and going back the way we came. IAC, given its location within a few yards of the natural vegetation and much closer to a power tower than a house , I wouldn't be surprised if the high point was in the nature preserve or the power line right of way. BTW, it's best to take the trail a bit past the high point before turning left to avoid a water-filled ditch. Also, the mosquitos were frequent fliers this time of year, but this was an few-and-far-between opportunity to bag my county of origin, so I put up with a few bites and sweated in long sleeves and pants. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant walk.
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On the high point of Cook County; left image is my friend, Dennis, with the Helm Woods Nature Preserve behind (where we came from); right image is one of the houses in the opposite direction (2014-07-12). Photo by John E Sarna.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:350 ft / 106 m
    Total Elevation Loss:350 ft / 106 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:through Helm's Woods Nature Preserve
    Start Trailhead:access road to Helm's Woods Nature Preserve   600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:trhough Helm's Woods Nature Preserve
    End Trailhead:access road to Helm's Woods Nature Preserve   600 ft / 182 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John E Sarna
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