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Ascent of Timms Hill on 2015-07-31

Climber: David Odenwalder

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Timms Hill
    Location:USA-Wisconsin
    Elevation:1951 ft / 594 m

Ascent Trip Report

High point number 3 in my Midwest business trip plus four high points adventure.
After completing Mt Arvon (MI), I drove by the shortest route I could find toward Wisconsin. I made a wrong turn and there was a construction detour, but that cost me only a few minutes of extra time. Arrived at Timms Hill about 1 PM in the afternoon. This high point is not well marked from the main highway (route 86) - if I had not been looking for it and monitoring mileage, I might have driven right past it. The hill is off the main highway with a loop road. To get to the actual high point, you have to drive in, then turn off on a side road near the little high point cafe. To the top is a short hike - maybe a couple hundred yards, and a modest elevation gain. There are two towers on top - a wooden one with stairs, which I climbed - and a steel one maybe 70-100 feet high. I'm too acrophobic to have attempted it. The top of the hill has been artificially graded around the towers - so once again, it's hard to state what the actual highest natural point is. A so-so view from the wooden tower - mostly forests, farmlands, and more hills to see - that's all.
I spent the rest of the day driving south through Madison and on toward Illinois. Curiously, I saw only a single herd of about 20 cows in this, "America's Dairyland". Quite a bit of hay and corn growing - but not many cows. (I guess the dairy farms are mostly in the southern part of the state.) Also picked up some Swiss cheese from a local Amish store near one freeway exit. Sorry Wisconsin - to my tastebuds, Cache Valley cheese beats yours hands down. That being said, Wisconsin is still quintessential upper Midwestern - and not a bad place for an afternoon drive.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:partly cloudy, summer temps



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