Ascent of Mount Whittlesey on 2016-08-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Whittlesey
    Elevation:1872 ft / 570 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road walk - 4 1/2 miles, 2:25 hours RT

This county has 2 candidate high point areas, I went too both of them.

From Mellen I went south on #13 for 3.1 miles to a left turn on West Lake Drive (paved), 2.6 miles east came to a T-JCT and turned left on Lake Drive (Paved), .3 miles north parked at a sandy woods road (46.30256,-90.64037) on the right just past a creek - careful not to take another sandy road 60 yards further on.

I walked this old/heavily-rutted-in-places woods road easterly 1.25 miles to the summit, pass an old concrete structure from its mining days and the only lookout of this trip on the left (300 yards before the summit). The Lookout Tower is till there but not accessible, the bottom ladder had been removed.
I found the BM "MELLEN No2, 1939" in the center of the tower foundations, BM "MELLEN No1" is 10 yards to its south, couldn't find a 3rd.

On the northeast side of the Tower 2 tracks leave eastbound for Area #2 , I took the more used left track (dirt) which heads a bit left-of-east before coming back/bending to the southeast. At .4 miles (at bit of a flat open area) I came to a reverse fork (46.29999,-90.61250) and made a sharp left turn. Continuing left-of-east on a good grass road for .25 miles I came to a fork (46.30024,-90.60585) where I stayed left. This road goes north over a small bump for 150 yards, bends to the right and in 200 yards comes to a height-of-land - the Area #2 HP is on the right at 30 yards, nothing obvious stomped the area.
The one way distance from the Tower is estimated at less than a mile.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:692 ft / 210 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:woods road to 2 areas from Lake Drive
    Trailhead:Lake Drive  1380 ft / 420 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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