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Ascent of Glacial Camelback Kame on 2016-06-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Glacial Camelback Kame
    Location:USA-Illinois
    Elevation:880 ft / 268 m

Ascent Trip Report

Stopped in and found the geology interesting. I parked at the Visitor Center and then hiked down to the small lake at the bottom (or as close as I could simulate by the low point in the exit road) and made that my TH. Signs said do not hike down to the lake so I obeyed. Then I hiked back up to the Center and took the main trail south and west through the shagbark hickory and bur oak forest and found the ridge-line up and over the Camelback Kame. Pretty impressive gravel deposits now heavily overgrown with wildflowers and grasses but the literature explains the forces of retreating glaciation well. Nice views for a place in IL!

Lot of meandering trails through the kettles and kames so you get some good gain in and out of this short day hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:380 ft / 115 m
    Total Elevation Loss:290 ft / 87 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
73F at finish
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:220 ft / 67 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 90 ft / 28 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Visitor center to pond and then trails
    Start Trailhead:road LP near pond to the north of VC  790 ft / 240 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:loop back
    End Trailhead:parking  
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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