Ascent of Henry County High Point on 2015-04-24

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Friday, April 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Henry County High Point
    Elevation:750 ft / 228 m

Ascent Trip Report

750+ ft.

Friday, 4/24/2015

I was on my way to Millersburg, OH for a retreat that started on Saturday. So I packed my peakbagging tools and headed to nearby Henry County.

The county consists of 5 different contending contours that follow a ridge that generally trends SW to NE. Driving from Fort Wayne, I arrived at the southwest contour #5 first. I was driving north on CR 21A when I came to the field just before a large house and large barn on the left (west). I found a field turnout and parked off the road. I hiked well into the field; the exact highest spot was not apparent, though I could see that the field was higher than the surrounding ground. As I walked west through the field, I could hear a barking dog that was tied near the garage. I never approached the house or the barn; the high ground was south and west of the barn.

I walked back to my car. When I arrived, I was greeted by a man who arrived in his pickup truck. He was the owner of the property, and he told me his daughter had called him. I explained what I was doing on his property, and he was okay with me walking his fields. He then explained that he thought the higher ground was to the northeast, near the dairy. I told him that was my next destination. He drove north along Hwy 21A, and he continued north as I turned right (east) on County Road U. I parked on the right side of the road near the Hurst Dairy, about ½ mile away from the previous parking spot. I walked along the driveway to speak with a man I saw as I parked.

I told the man about my HPing quest, and he told me he was familiar with the elevation of his land. While we were talking, a car pulled onto the property. Out of the car popped his wife, a friendly school teacher. She told me that on certain days, it was possible to look to the SE and see the courthouse steeple in the county seat of Napoleon, OH. After looking over her property, she offered to take me across the street to meet her neighbor. Mrs. Nelson was in the yard doing some landscaping chores.

Mrs. Nelson graciously let me wander her property, and I thanked the two ladies for their hospitality. I returned to my car, and I drove east a short bit to County Road 21. I turned left (north) and paused near mailbox U341. I did not visit contour 3 based on the hand-leveling reported in Bob Schwab’s trip report. But I did observe the area, and I agree that the nearby contour 4 (where I just left) did indeed appear to be higher.

I continued a short way on County Road 21, turned right (east) on County Road V, and turned left (north) onto County Road 20. I soon arrived at contours 1 and 2 on the right (east). I turned into the driveway, and I parked near the side door of the house to see if anyone was home. I never did see any signs highlighting the DOH-TUK RV shop. As I recall, the mailbox showed an address of V-33.

After quickly investigating the ground near the house (contour 1), I knocked. A woman answered the door, and she was soon joined by a man. I shared my desire to visit the contour in the field east of the house, and permission was granted. The woman told of her exploits as a younger woman, climbing to the top of her uncle’s tall grain bin. From there, like others before her, she told me she could look SE to the courthouse in Napoleon.

I was permitted to drive east to the silos and farm buildings near the targeted field. I walked a bit into the field. I noted a blue barrel that marked the property’s well. The highest ground appeared to be about 100ft SE of this area, just beyond the “fence-line” appearing on the topo map.

It was not possible to look SW to see the dairy and the Nelson’s property, so future visitors will need to visit areas 1,2,4,5 to make their own determinations. I walked back to my car, satisfied that I had visited the HP of Henry County. I

Having heard the “Napoleon Courthouse” stories from 3 different folks, I investigated when I got back home. I found that the courthouse was about 15 miles away! So I am not sure whether they were all sharing truth or just local folklore.
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