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

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, December 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Daviess County High Point
    Elevation:740 ft / 225 m

Ascent Trip Report


Sunday, 12/7/2014

1 candidate in farmer’s pasture

The Daviess County HP (pronounced “Davey’s”) lies about 2 miles from the road to the main entrance to the Crain Naval military installation, home of the Martin County HP. So this one should be considered as a twofer anytime someone travels to this area with access to the base. The zero point for this county was the intersection of Chapel Road with IN 45 near Bloomington, IN as one travels from the nearby Greene County HP.

0.0 – Travel southwest on IN 45 from its intersection with Chapel Road
9.1 – Pass over construction of the new I-69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville
13.3 – Turn right (west) onto IN 45 / IN 58 – note the blocked gate to Crane Naval installation straight ahead
22.5 – Turn left (south) at the northern intersection of US 231 and IN 58 – see I-69 to your right
23.7 – Continue straight through the intersection with IN 558 – the road to the main gate in Crane, IN for the Crane Naval facility, home of the Martin County HP
25.8 – Turn left (east) at the mailbox on your left for 14408 (IN 58? US 231?)
25.9 – Park at the top of the drive near the house / garage / produce stand

As I got out of my car, I was met by Mr. Kelsey, the owner (note a sign for “the Kelseys” on the mailbox post). I explained my desire to climb the prominent hill that was obvious just behind his house, which he knew to be the county HP. He was gracious to grant me permission, and he suggested a couple of ways for me to get through the fencing that was in the immediate area. There are multiple barbed wire fences to cross (through) on the way to the HP, but none was difficult; all were easily crossed with caution.

Follow your nose up the hill to the immediate highest ground. Once there, you will notice the multiple buildings to your left mentioned in the Bob Schwab trip report. Looking south, you will see a 2-track farm lane up ahead, which rises to higher ground. Follow this road to its crest, and you will discover the highpoint area to your left (east). Wander around until you satisfy yourself that you crossed the high ground.

I returned to my car by hiking back to the rusty buildings and then dropping down the hill by following the open pasture to your left (west). This brought me to the area at the foot of the drive near the mailbox – the route described by Bob S. A short trip up the driveway got me back to my car.

From car to HP was about ½ to ¾ mile. Plan on perhaps 20-30 minutes to conquer this straight-forward county. From here, it was on to Knox County.
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