Ascent of South Owen County High Point on 2015-01-04

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, January 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Owen County High Point
    Elevation:930 ft / 283 m

Ascent Trip Report

930+ ft.

Sunday, 1/4/2015

1 newly-discovered candidate near Monroe County’s BM McGuire

I was traveling to Martin County for a much-anticipated access to the Crane Naval Supply base, arranged by Dick Ellsworth. Our visit there was not until the next day at noon. I left home early this morning so I could complete some other nearby Indiana HPs. My first stop was in Owen County, home of a newly-discovered HP contour. This contour can be easily found on the topo map, so I attribute its “hiddenness” until now as being caused by human oversight when the HP contours were originally identified.

Traveling south on IN37 from Martinsville, I approached Bloomington as I did when I recently visited the Monroe County HPs. The zero point for this contour in Owen County was the intersection of IN 37 and W. Vernal Pike.

0.0 – Travel right (west) on W. Vernal Pike. Continue trending west on this curvy road.
4.1 – Arrive at N. Hartstrait Road. This is where you turn left (south) to reach the nearby BM McGuire of Monroe County. For Owen County, continue straight (west).

At this point, my voice recorder shut down, and I lost my recorded mileage data. So mileages below are approximate based on a re-creation from Acme Maps.

5.4 – Turn right (west) onto W. Howard Road
6.7 – Turn right (north) onto N. Starnes Road
7.6 – Turn left (west) onto W. Mallory Road. This is the road name in Monroe County
8.9 – Arrive at the Owen County line, where the name changes to Stogsdill Road. No street sign confirms this, but you will note a change in the road material from chip-and-seal pavement to gravel at this point.
9.0 – Arrive at a gated lane on your right. The two mailboxes noted by Bob S. are just in front of you. You can park at the gate.

One insignificant note: the two mailboxes are numbered 6054 (not 6064) and 6065.

I left my car and easily walked around the gate for a short hike into the camp-like complex on the highest contour. I recall a couple of sheds on the left and a lodge/cabin building on the right a bit farther in. I called out, but no one responded. I wandered around this contour in all directions until I was satisfied that I had stepped on the highest ground, which I agree with Bob S. as being near the sheds.

I returned to my car, satisfied that I had re-established a completion of Owen County. My next stop was in Gibson County, IN.
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