I walked up the road, took a pic, and moved on.. 32/50
I decided the day before the 4th of July weekend that I was going to drive from Minnesota to Niagara Falls and back in threes, while also putting my feet in all five Great Lakes and hitting four state highpoints. State number one, Illinois. Charles Mound was exactly how people described it; A pretty leisurely walk up a hill for about 1.2mi and then back. What they didn't tell me about were the flies. Woof. Also, on the way back down I forgot to turn and ended up about a half mile the wrong way. Oh well, what's a few more steps?
Not a mountain, but a nice walk on a grassy lane through the woods and around cornfields. "If it's a state highpoint, they will come."
Brilliant little stroll of a time.
Right? There are more OK weather window days on Everest than Charles Mound is accessible to the public :)
Great trek through the property to 'summit' the mound! Went with my golden retriever puppy and dad for our first high point together. Didn't realize you couldn't go for most of the year but the property owners were cool with us being there.
#13. Hot day 86 degrees. Easy walk to the top.
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