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Ascent of Erie County High Point on 2014-11-21

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, November 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Erie County High Point
    Location:USA-Ohio
    Elevation:890 ft / 271 m

Ascent Trip Report

CoHP – ERIE COUNTY, OHIO
890+ ft.

Friday, 11/21/2014

1 contour in a farm field west of Cable Road

From the Sandusky County HP, zero your odometer at the intersection of the dirt road and TR 302 / Copp Road.

0.0– Turn right (north) on TR 302 / Copp Road
0.5 – Turn right (east) on CR 191 / Gardner Road
2.1 – Turn left (northeast) on Kilbourne Road

I encountered another of the Bellevue trains almost immediately (see Sandusky CoHP report). Rather than waiting, I noted a road to my right that was going up and over the tracks. I decided to wind my way to that road. If you cross the tracks on Kilbourne Road, you will soon come to US 20. If you turn right on US 20, you will rejoin the route as I am describing here. But I wound my way 0.7mi to Ohio 269:
2.8 – Turn left (north) on Ohio 269
3.2 – Turn right (east) on US 20 / Ohio 18
4.1 – Veer left (northeast) on Ohio 113
6.1 – Continue straight (northeast) through intersection with Ohio 4
15.8 – Turn right (south) on US 250 / Ohio 113
16.4 – Turn left (east) on OH 113 (W Church St.) through Milan, OH
25.2 – Turn right (south) on Cable Road
26.4 – Continue straight (south) past the intersection with Reiger Road
26.7 – Park on the right near the East-West fence line.

Note: If you follow the Mike S. trip report, PA 113 is actually OH 113 (right number, wrong state). I used a different approach. I hiked west toward the woods along the north side of the fence line. Along the way, I crossed two North-South fences as I got near the woods. When I spied the large highest contour, I wandered south and investigated various spots of interest.

But things got interesting as I headed north to investigate the upper half of the contour. I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. I looked toward the woods at something that seemed “different”. I froze in my tracks as I realized I had stumbled upon a camouflaged hunter who was kneeling quietly near the edge of the woods! Once I was sure of what I was looking at, I raised my arm and swung it silently to signal that I saw him. He raised his arm and waved back in acknowledgement!

It was deer season, and suppertime was approaching. This hunter was obviously waiting for the kill. I quickly finished my contour-checking, and I departed the area with haste!
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    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear



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