Ascent of Cook County High Point on 2014-10-19

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cook County High Point
    Elevation:950 ft / 289 m

Ascent Trip Report

The directions from Shannon Dillmore and others work well. On Helm Road there is a small dirt parking area for the Kane County Forest Reserve that will accommodate several cars. A gated old dirt road heads south, and like previous visitors have reported, it was blocked in a few places by large mud puddles. I followed my nose (and my GPS) south as the road merged into woods trails, and soon I could see the power lines to my left (east) marking the Cook-Kane boundary. The trail approached this line asymptotically and eventually I just left the trail, bushwhacked east to the power line right-of-way, crossed the tallgrass under the wires crackling with morning dew, and saw the Cook highpoint mound ahead.

This point is definitely in the backyard of 18 Rolling Hills Drive (, but that is a 5.9 acre lot and you are quite far away from the house and not likely to be bothered if you quickly tag it from the power line ROW (especially at 8 AM on a Sunday morning). This is a very clear little mound that the owners do seem to keep mowed as part of their yard. I returned the same way I came in.

Other trip reports mention Roundstone Lane houses, but if one wanted to ask permission, the actual owners’s house is at the end of Rolling Hills Drive, accessed off of Hereford Road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:35 ft / 10 m
    Total Elevation Loss:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Helm Woods
    Start Trailhead:Helm Woods Preserve TH  915 ft / 278 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Helm Woods
    End Trailhead:Helm Woods Preserve TH  915 ft / 278 m

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