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excel2fOne more down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2014

excel2f

There were several people there when I went so I had to be sneaky. I anticipated this and wore my shorts with a pocket cut out. Mission accomplished. Seed left.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 6:33 pm

ericwillhiteGood timing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2014

ericwillhite

Just happened to be in Chicago during one of the 4 weekends that this hike is open. http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/illinois/charles_mound_151.htm
Posted Aug 7, 2014 11:33 pm

Stu BrandelI came, I saw,...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Stu Brandel

...I ambled. Up through the beautiful woods and rolling farmland.
Posted Jul 5, 2014 8:27 pm

Jimmy RiversWe FINALLY timed it to have entry to the farm.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

Jimmy Rivers

We made it finally, LOL. The family only opens up the farm 8 days a summer. We had to schedule our whole trip around this gnat infested farm. Hiked the mile up through the property and met 4 other state high pointers on the way. State HP #35!!!!
Posted Jul 4, 2014 10:02 am

harborGnats...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014

harbor

...were crazy bad. Other than that it was a very pleasant ~1 mile hike up to the high point. Saw at least 5 other groups while there.

State High Point #5
Posted Jun 15, 2014 1:19 am

Tie-Dye MikeNice walk  Sucess!

Tie-Dye Mike

Took fellow highpointer and cousin with me for this arduous climb on an Open Access day. Great little walk with a decent view and bench at the top
Posted May 26, 2014 12:45 pm

IdahoScottHighpoint #8  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2003

IdahoScott

I'm fairly certain I accidentally poached this one. I was on a 2000 mile weekend journey to hit the high points of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I "summited" Illinois at about 6:30 in the morning before anyone was awake.
Posted Apr 7, 2014 5:58 pm

MarlinMy Home State HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Marlin

Charles Mounds, 1,235' above sea level, is Class One and our country's 45th highest state highpoint. Climbed on September 3, 2006. Fortunately, the Owners provide lawn chairs enabling weary climbers to rest after climbing the highest parcel of real estate in the Land of Lincoln. Climbers desiring to achieve Illinois' highpoint must ascent 75' from the trailhead. Charles Mounds has a very limited climbing season like Mt. Everest since it's located on private property. Verify accessibility prior to commencing climb.
Posted Oct 6, 2013 10:14 pm

skinnywhitecomicHP #28  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

skinnywhitecomic

Climbed up on the last open day of the year. Met a couple of other highpointers as well. Glad to have this limited-access highpoint under my belt.
Posted Sep 13, 2013 11:55 am

Bark EaterGreat Lakes Road Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

Bark Eater

"Summitted" at a little after 9 on Saturday morning. #35 HP for me. With Lillian and friend Jere. Sorry the pups could not join us for this one. Met a few other highpointers on this rare open day.
Posted Sep 10, 2013 7:00 am

3girlsanddadThis started it all  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

3girlsanddad

This Started it all so far for our family. The coolest thing about this is the people we met along the stroll up the hill. A Dad and his boys from England. He was bummed because his camera had run out of batteries and those boys wanted nothing to do with this steamy August morning. A couple from NC travelling in an RV were on there 43ird HP and two dudes from out East simply driving, trying to get as many in as possible. One guy was in his mid thirties while the other guy was at 25.
I recommend staying in Gelena the night before and enjoy some of the local eateries. The hike to the top is easy enough but it's in the country and can get quite humid and hot. Pay attention and this one is a picnic. The top is shaded and cool and will be reminiscent of an era gone by in this country. Thanks Wuebbels' Family
Posted Jul 13, 2013 3:24 pm

DarrenKnezekHP#21  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2013
Not much to say about this one.
Posted Jul 7, 2013 3:15 pm

xbaghatforty-one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013

xbaghat

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Posted Jun 14, 2013 5:45 pm

FletchCool walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2012

Fletch

great day out...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:13 pm

CatamountAccess Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

Catamount

Did it the right way. Visited on an access day. State HP #31.
Posted Dec 12, 2012 1:49 am

I like it on topCharles Mound  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

I like it on top

Nice little walk, pretty area.
Posted Nov 24, 2012 11:42 pm

jeffh25HP # 33  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

jeffh25

Prettier than I thought it would be with broad, sweeping panoramas of pastoral America. Talked to Mr. & Mrs. Wuebbels too, nice folks. They said when they bought it, the realtor told them that no one would care it was the highest point in Illinois. Guess the realtor was wrong...
Posted Aug 7, 2012 9:46 pm

mlandau3Highpoint #37  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2012

mlandau3

A pleasant place. Thanks to the Wuebbels for allowing access!
Posted Jul 11, 2012 11:16 am

vbeckman74Pretty Farmland  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2004

vbeckman74

My dog played with a random loose dog on top. I think he lived in the nearby house.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 5:25 pm

huskertriguyNinja in  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011

huskertriguy

I drove here "on the way" from a friend's near New Glarus to visit family in Madison. I was under the impression that the "first weekend" included Fridays, and once I got to the gate and realized I may be wrong, I chose to risk it anyway.

There is no house where there may once have been; this is now just a couple barns and a large mown area where I assume highpointers can park on open dates. No dog anywhere in sight; no one period anywhere in sight.

The log at the summit was signed on many dates that are not "open" dates to hike.

It seems as if you are quiet and discreet, and if you park just off the county road without blocking the driveway, you are fine.

Bottom line: ninja in; don't be an asshole. Above all be respectful.

SHP #7
Posted Aug 15, 2011 2:31 am

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