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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

xpdaIllinois  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 1997

xpda

With Mike and Jamie
Posted Aug 10, 2011 5:09 pm

kteichertHP #25  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2011

kteichert

Halfway done! This one feels good to get done, for a couple reasons. I'm halfway done with the highpoints, and it's only open 8 days out of the year. Feels great. The land out there is midwest at its best. Very beautiful. But my head almost got eaten off by swarming gnats and mosquitos, and I pulled a tick off my leg when I returned the rental car.
Posted Jun 4, 2011 7:04 pm

barry57Family hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010
My wife,three children and I went up. We had a little trouble finding the gate, it is on the north side of the road. Nice hike up a mostly tree lined road. We picked up some wild walnuts on the ground. The dog met us at the top, he was friendly.
Posted Sep 16, 2010 4:30 pm

Tracyhiked from the gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

Tracy

Hiked this one with my wife who was in a special medical boot due to a fractured bone in her foot. She was a trooper. Met several other highpointers during this outing and the weather was perfect. We gave the owners of the property a "Nevada State" coffee mug which they seemed to appreciate. They are trying to collect a mug from each of the fifty states.
Posted Sep 7, 2010 2:35 am

AliMc929HP #2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010

AliMc929

I climbed Charles Mound with my brother and my friend the other day. Overall, was a quick and easy hike up to the top. It was a bit rainy out when we started, so there were some pretty large puddles we had to avoid (especially at the bottom by the gate). The area is pretty nice, especially the town of Galena. It was the second HP for my brother and I and the first for my friend.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 12:38 pm

Tbacon251My 26th!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Tbacon251

Almost 1 month after reaching the summit of Denali, I walked (I mean drove up) Charles Mound. Nice area.
Posted Jul 12, 2010 7:20 pm

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