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Ascent of Gander Mountain on 2016-06-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gander Mountain
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:957 ft / 291 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Johnsberg Wilmont Road in small turn off near nice entrance sign. Hiked in and down mowed trails through grass lands into surprisingly steep and heavily wooded lands with huge diameter trees. Way to go Illinois! I found many such forest preserves to hike in all over the area. Very impressed at the state's mindset to preserving the remaining woodlands. I saw huge bur oak, some white oak, some pin oak, and cedar, shagbark hickory.

The ATV trail on the USGA map acutally goes nearly all the way to the Fox River so with a little bushwhack I had my starting TH the river elevation. Then hiked back up to the HP which is a county BM with an easy to find monument at the top. Some of the hilly glacial carved terrain was so steep that my boots did not hold on the trails and I had to either slide walk or run down them as there was no traction. Very cool area and not what I expected in IL.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:507 ft / 154 m
    Total Elevation Loss:307 ft / 93 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1,1++ slippery
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant
65F beautiful 6AM
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:362 ft / 110 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 227 ft / 69 m; Extra: 135 ft / 41m
    Loss on way in:135 ft / 41 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Many of the trails with forest preserve
    Start Trailhead:Parked then hiked to Fox River  730 ft / 222 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:172 ft / 52 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 27 ft / 8 m; Extra: 145 ft / 44m
    Gain on way out:145 ft / 44 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:see TR
    End Trailhead:930 ft / 283 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Chicago-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Gander Mountain2016-06-21 a507 ft / 155 m
2Glacial Camelback Kame2016-06-21 b380 ft / 116 m
3Cook County High Point2016-06-21 c50 ft / 15 m
4Kane County High Point2016-06-21 d11 ft / 3 m
5Kendall County High Point2016-06-21 e100 ft / 30 m
6DuPage County High Point2016-06-21 f30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 1078 ft / 328 m    Total Trip Loss: 657 ft / 200 m



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