This is the 4th of 8 HPs Labor Day Weekend 2020.
Last weekend of the year to access Charles Mound and as I was walking up the hill, I was passing a family of five. They said "Hello Again." It was the Russell family whom I "met" 11 days prior on trail for Minnesota's Eagle Mountain. Small world. They were finishing a family summer vacation of Highpointing and I was in the midst of a 5 day 8 State/8 Highpoint tour.
State highpoint #40!
Lot of cars parked on the road when we arrived, and several groups hiking down. We had plenty of alone time on the summit however. Nice views and bigger hill then I expected. Lots of corn growing around everywhere.
hot out! Nice country walk. praise be to the highpointers foundation!
Private property, beautiful farmland. Little over 2 mile round trip hike in... I made it here on a gorgeous day in the middle of summer. All prairie and corn views...
Flew to MKE and rented a car to hit the Midwest Lakes Area high points. Charles Mound was fifth of 5 for this trip. Drive to the trailhead is very straight forward. The HP is located in the middle of a working farm. This HP is only accessible on certain days (usually the first Saturday and Sunday of summer months only !!!) Check with highpointers club and other sources... The road/trail to the top is very straight forward. The view is quite good.
Hiked in from the road along the farm road late in the day. Directions are spot on. View from top is great. Chair on top allowed one to rest and look over the rolling hills. Thank you to the owner for allowing us to access the high point.
Humid summer afternoon! This Westerner isn't used to that...
4th of 4 HP trip.
Way, way out there from ChiTown. Not much to see, just farmlands and lots of driving. Was glad to get to ChiTown to end this one. Check it off the list kinda HP..
Happened to be visiting friends in Chicago when the hike was open for my first highpoint!
Saw a lot of other highpointers out and about, and got buzzed from a cropduster, which was cool.
Took my kids up for their first state highpoint; they were skeptical at first but ended up loving the experience. Only negative thing was the large amount of flying insects that dive-bombed us while we were there.
Private property, only certain weekends allowed in summer months. Check before you go. Easy hike, saw my CO friends Dorthe and Ian (mountainhikerCO) on the highpoint
The biggest challenge was navigating our way through all the back roads from Dubuque IA!
Walked in on Sunday morning. Weather was great. Gnats at the marker terrible.
Nice the owners let us on their land. Beautiful day to sit in the chairs and have a cold beverage.
Last high point of 2017 for me.
A work meeting brought me to Illinois and as luck would have it, this hike was opened on the weekend after my meeting. Couldn't pass up the chance to check off #4! Thank you BMS!
Sight: beautiful farmscapes
Sound: wind moving through the willows and box elders, mixed with a cacophony of grosbeaks, blackbirds, doves and wrens.
Smell: loads of flowers, lots of pollen
Touch: warm sunshine with a breeze
Taste: delicious ripe raspberries lining the lane that you walk up
This was fun because I talked to about 25 other highpointers on my short walk up and back. Met a couple who were at #49, only lacking Wyoming, and a couple other folks who had recently done Whitney and Rainier, so it was fun talking to people with this same interest.