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.
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.
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.
"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.
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
Not much to say about this one.
great day out...
Nice little walk, pretty area.
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...
A pleasant place. Thanks to the Wuebbels for allowing access!
My dog played with a random loose dog on top. I think he lived in the nearby house.
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.
With Mike and Jamie
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.
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.
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.
Almost 1 month after reaching the summit of Denali, I walked (I mean drove up) Charles Mound. Nice area.
This was a beautiful area. There was a very friendly dog that greeted us at the summit.
Enjoyed bringing my mother and father on a hike -- this time up a high point.
August high point = Bolivia's Sajama at 21,463 feet.
September high point = Charles Mound at 1,235 feet.
Still a great day.