Ascent of Diamond Hill on 2017-03-12

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, March 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Diamond Hill
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove to nearby Kendallville, IN for an appointment, so I decided this was the day to also climb Diamond Hill. This hill is about 15 miles away from the town. The winter day was perfect: calm breeze, 35 degrees, sunny and no precipitation.
I parked at the locked gate below the double-tower. It was an easy hike from the gate to the tower. After snapping a few pictures, I set my goal on the other two smaller candidates in the woods beyond the tower. First I intended to head almost due north to some ground just east of the second tower complex that is nearer to and accessed from the farm to the north. As I walked in that direction, I saw about a dozen white-tailed deer - I didn't do an actual count. They were on the ground I was approaching, and I guess they decided not to share this peak with me. When I came to an east-west fence, I decided to turn east and walk along the fence line which was sort of in the direction of the third high ground. Eventually, I came to a section where a tree had fallen down on the fence, pushing the top rung down so it was easy to step over. I continued basically NE to the highest visible ground, confirmed by my GPS as I approached the ground my eyes identified. When my GPS got to within a few feet of the target, I called it good - I had already wandered over all the highest ground in that part.
I re-committed my path to the high ground that was nearly due west of where I had just stood. This was the third and final high ground that contended for the true summit of the hill. I crossed a north-south fence. I was walking in the direction of the second tower, but it was not necessary to go all the way to the tower. My GPS and physical observation placed me on the highest part of that ridge several feet before arriving at the tower.
Satisfied that I had wandered around the three contending areas for the true summit, I leave it for future visitors to determine which area they believe is the true top of Diamond Hill. I made my way back across the east-west fence to the south side, walked past the first tower, and made my way back down the road to the gate and my car.
Total time out was less than 20 minutes. I wandered 0.6mi over ground that was basically flat except for the two small rises up to the second and third areas. Total gain on the hike was a mere 66 feet, with 50 feet being the road from the car to the first tower. This was a trivial hike, but it was the closest named hill to my home that I had not yet summitted.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:66 ft / 19 m
    Extra Gain:8 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Road to tower
    Trailhead:Locked gate  1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes

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