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Adam Doc FoxFun Little Hike in -3F  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2016

Adam Doc Fox

Winter access was granted so we took advantage. Road trip from Ohio, beautiful sunrise during the approach.
Posted Feb 15, 2016 9:22 am

siekkidHigh Point #26  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2015


Beautiful hike up the farm driveway with Kate
Posted Aug 5, 2015 4:12 pm

Jow#30  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2015


Cousin had wedding night before in La Crosse WI and when I realized same weekend this was open no way I was missing out. Beautiful crisp walk on country road. Very picturesque and enjoyable. And now I have 30 high points which sounds much better than 29.
Posted Jun 7, 2015 10:43 am

ArataFirst!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2014


This was my first "climb"!
Realized that the highpoint in Illinois is only open 4 weekends each year, so we had to get out there on the last day. Stagecoach Trail was closed (bridge out?) between Warren and Apple River - causing a major detour. The detour signs take you WAY out of the way, luckily we ignored them and took some gravel roads around the closure.

A lovely walk up the hill from the main road on a nice day. Did it in the mid-afternoon, ran into another couple headed up on our way down.
Posted Sep 8, 2014 12:52 pm

ericwillhiteGood timing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2014


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

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


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


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


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


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


Posted Jun 14, 2013 5:45 pm

FletchCool walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2012


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

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


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


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


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

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