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

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, December 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Knox County High Point
    Elevation:620 ft / 188 m

Ascent Trip Report


Sunday, 12/7/2014

3 candidates close together on land adjacent to IN 67

I visited Daviess County today because several hikers plan to visit the Crane naval installation in January in adjacent Martin County. My hike provided useful fresh information to inspire the group to also visit this near-twofer. As my last target of the day, the Knox County HP would provide me with a new home glob far point and an improvement to my home glob span. It was a fitting way to end this successful day.

I used the road at the Daviess County HP drive as the zero point for this county.

0.0 – Travel south on IN 58 / US 23145 from the Kelseys’ mailbox
1.2 – Turn right (west) following IN 58 from the southern intersection with US 231
9.3 - Continue west as you cross over a newly-opened stretch of I-69
??? - Continue straight on IN 358 as IN 58 turns to the right - not far past I-69
11.9 - Turn left (south) as IN 358 joins IN 57
15.5 - Turn right (west) to continue on IN 358 in Plainville, IN
21.0 - Pass a large Duke Energy power plant on your right
21.8 - Turn left (southwest) onto IN 67
28.4 - Turn left (south) onto Water Tower Road. Find ample parking at the storage complex to your left

From where I parked, there was a communication tower directly north of me on the other side of IN 67 (I believe the Jon Mann trip report incorrectly refers to this as a “water tower”). To my left was a house that had significant high ground. To my right, behind the storage complex, there was a cylinder-shaped water tower, white with black letters proclaiming “Knox County Water”. The two diagonal roads shown on the topo are no longer evident; Water Tower Road is the only road in this area. I started out by walking through the front yard of the house to my left, on the southwest corner of the intersection. No one appeared to be home, so I did not attempt to obtain permission for my steps. I wandered across the highest ground that was near the front door of the house.

Next, I walked across the street and wandered over the high ground near and in front of the communication tower. The land all gradually sloped uphill as it approached the road. This is where I am a weak analyst. To me, everything in the area seemed to be disturbed and not natural. But the topo says this is the highest land in the county. So I stepped on it. I then crossed IN 67 back to the south side, and I wandered over the high ground in front of the water tower. My observation of the area was inconclusive; future visitors should make their own determinations and step on all ground of interest.

From where I parked, I returned back on IN 67 northeast toward Bicknell. I drove a short 0.3mi to the obvious high ground (contour #3) seen just north of the highway. I parked my car on the side of the road and trekked up the embankment to a right of way marker near the farm field. I wandered around the field, and I believe the highest ground to be 150-200ft out in the field. Follow your eyes, and reach your own conclusions.
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