Ascent of Sand Hill on 2017-06-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Sand Hill
    Elevation:1100 ft / 335 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sand Hill was originally named "Armintrout Fire Tower". The Tower has been removed and relocated (2016) to the Ohio State Fair Grounds in Columbus, thereby Peakbagger renaming this peak Sand Hill.

From the JCT Dutch Run Road/Bobo Road we went north on Bobo for .3 miles to a right turn on Armintrout Road, then .3 miles southeast came to a locked gate with a "No Trespassing" sign. There was no one home at the house (#568) just to the left, so we went back to Bobo Road and started knocking on doors looking for the land owner. We had to go to numerous doors (no one home this time of day).

We learned from only 2 sources that the Tower has been removed and apparently relocated for historic purposes to the Ohio State Fair Grounds in Columbus. I decided to chance a walk to its summit, so we went back to the locked gate and parked.
I walked the road southeast approx. 1 mile to the top - and yes its been removed.

We later checked out google and the article that we read not only re-confirmed the relocation but added confusion to this subject - it said that there are 20 Fire Towers still standing vs the 17 on PB List).
On our last day in Ohio (June 13) we went to check out the relocated Armintrout Fire Tower at the Ohio State Fair Grounds in Columbus (I-71, exit 111, 17th avenue). The Tower is located in the Natural Resources Park (39.99523,-82.98857) behind the large Smokey Bear statue. It is nicely restored but with no access - its first flight of stairs has been removed.

I made Greg aware of this relocation and in December 2107 he removed "Armintout Fire Tower" from the list and renamed the summit "Sand Hill".

See my Mohican Fire Tower TR for more information on the PB List "OHIO FIRE LOOKOUTS".

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:360 ft / 109 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:walk seb on armintrout rd
    Trailhead:locked gate on Armintrout Road  740 ft / 225 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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