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Ascent of Hells Point Beechwood Nature Preserve 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:Hells Point Beechwood Nature Preserve High Point
    Location:USA-Indiana
    Elevation:1123 ft / 342 m

Ascent Trip Report

After finishing 3 nearby county highpoints and getting in some nice hiking in the state park, I was intrigued to see the highpoint named "Hell's Point" expecting something very unusual and interesting hidden in Indiana. The hiking on the state park side is more interesting than the Beechwood Nature Preserve side as the woods are more attractive in the state park. But the highest point in the area (higher than any point in the state park or other adjacent preserves) is in the Beechwood Preserve. Unfortunately, the highpoint has a house on it. I am confused as to what the structure is doing. There were no signs that I saw and the maps appear to put it in preserve. I am not sure if it is an out parcel or not but it is the USGS high ground in the area. THere are briers protecting the bottom of the hill. No-one was around to ask, so I headed back to the parking lot.

Note there is a connecting trail between the Beechwood Nature Preserve and the Pokagon State Park to trail 8 but it is well marked on the Beechwood side and poorly marked on the Pokagon side.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:458 ft / 139 m
    Total Elevation Loss:458 ft / 138 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
55F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:313 ft / 95 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 123 ft / 38 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Loss on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Start Trailhead:parking lot  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:268 ft / 81 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 123 ft / 38 m; Extra: 145 ft / 44m
    Gain on way out:145 ft / 44 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    End Trailhead:parking lot  1000 ft / 304 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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