Ascent of Cleary Hill on 2017-09-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cleary Hill
    Elevation:1476 ft / 449 m

Ascent Trip Report

A sandy road walk with a xcountry climb .... 2.8 miles, 190' gain, 1:30 hours RT including the long 20 minute chat with the hunters.

After visiting Portage Lake Lookout we went to Cleary, for convenience sake I provide the driving directions for Cleary Hill starting at I-75, exit 251 (same as Bill Schuler's start for Portage Lake Lookout).

00.0M ... left I-75, exit 251 westbound on 4 Mile Road.
03.0M ... turned left (south) on Military Road.
05.5M ... pass Tower Hill Road on the right, which leads west 1 mile to Annis Pit Road (northbound to Portage Lake Lookout per Bill Schuler's TR).
06.1M ... turned right (west) on 7 Mile Road, paved for 1 mile then rough sand road.
10.0M ... turned right (north) on Kalkaska County Line Road, rough and sandy.
12.0M ... 4-Way JCT (large rough area), we turned left (west) onto unsigned 10 Point Road. There are actually 2 roads going west from this JCT, stay on the left one (south). This is a very iffy sandy road, but driveable with our Dodge Caravan.
13.2M ... Road JCT, parked here (44.58236,-84.87314). Road on the right leads north 1.4 miles to the HP.

I walked the very sandy road northbound 1.1 miles to an obscure logging road 4-Way JCT (44.59756,-84.87817). The HP was, right-in-front-of-me, to northwest at .3 Miles. As I walk this road north the area to the left (west) was all open (recently logged), I had the HP in my sight (at 11 oclock) all the way up.
From this JCT I went/climbed northwest cross-country (knee high brush) directly to the summit. There are 2 bumps, I headed for the north one to the obvious HP.
I was rewarded with an outstanding 360 degree panorama, the best of this trip and perhaps the best in all of the Michigan Southern Peninsula. One needs to visit this HP before the new growth takes hold.

On the way back I met up with 2 hunters, Brent and Phil, who were out scouting for deer. Had a nice long chat about the area in general, animal habitat and the Military Base.
This is State land and not off-limits to the public. Brent is quite a marksman, has brought down game at 400 yds.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:187 ft / 56 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:sandy rd/xcountry nb from 10 point rd
    Trailhead:10 Point Road  1289 ft / 392 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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