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Ascent of Pokagon State Park High Point on 2016-04-15

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pokagon State Park High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a nice park in southern Indiana with excellent developed and well-marked and mapped trails. Today, there was no fee to enter - I do not know why. The terrain is surprisingly hilly and heavily wooded with large hardwood trees. I parked at the lodge and headed down to the lake. Touched water and made it my trail head. I headed to Trail 3 and 6 to go see the the high ground (separate TR) of the Potawatomi Nature Preserve, and then bushwhacked back to the trail 6 and headed north and back to trail 3. Picking up trail 9, there is a circuitous loop that takes you to the old CCC dam works. The highest ground in the state park proper is along this trail with just a small bit of side stepping off trail to tag the higher ground.

Then off to find trail 8 and the connector to the Beechwood nature Preserve with the higher ground in the land trust.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:455 ft / 138 m
    Total Elevation Loss:475 ft / 144 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
47F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:290 ft / 88 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 60 ft / 19 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:connecting saddle  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:245 ft / 74 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 80 ft / 25 m; Extra: 165 ft / 50m
    Gain on way out:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    End Trailhead:car parking lot  980 ft / 298 m
Ascent Part of Trip: MI Trip#7

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Branch County High Point2016-04-15 a100 ft / 30 m
2Williams County High Point2016-04-15 b90 ft / 27 m
3IN-MI-OH Tri-Point2016-04-15 c 
4Steuben County High Point2016-04-15 d235 ft / 72 m
7Pokagon State Park High Point2016-04-15 f455 ft / 139 m
8Hells Point Beechwood Nature Preserve High Point2016-04-15 g458 ft / 140 m
Total Trip Gain: 1338 ft / 408 m    Total Trip Loss: 1098 ft / 335 m



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