Last of a 5 HP string on a serious road trip from upstate NY. Had to rearrange things to arrive on the weekend, but we made it happen. Beautiful day, but the bugs were horrific! That helped us make record time both up and down! All said and done--5 HP's and over 3,200 miles in just 4 1/2 days! Great trip!
CALLED OWNER AFTER FLYING TO OH FROM LAS VEGAS AND RENTING A CAR TO DO 17 HIGHPOINTS FROM MN TO LA AND BACK UP THE SE AREA. WAS DENIED ACCESS AND INVITED BACK DURING THE BRIEF OPEN DATES...LIKE I'M GOING TO BOTHER. AFTER 46 STATES, ONLY DENALI MIGHT BE OF INTEREST IF EXPEDITION CLIMBING BEGINS TO SEEM WORTH THE EFFORT. I'M HAPPY SKIPPING NJ, DE AND IL...IT'S BEEN A GREAT ADVENTURE
I didn't realize that there were only specific access dates. I drove 175 miles to get there. Parked outside the fence and hiked the last mile up. A very peaceful highpoint.
The town of Galeena has to be one of the most interesting rural towns in Illinois.
I had to call the owner to get permission to get there...
They were very nice but I heard that everything is changed now...They don't want people going there at any dates...
We parked at the front gate near the road... and walked all the way to the top...Just as we got to the summit, we saw a car full with 4 or 5 people driving by us and going to the top...
Come on, they could have walked for a change... the HP was close enough!!
#1 of seven Great Lakes HPs for this trip. Thanks to the landowners.
Made the LONG drive out there from NJ! 970 miles. One way. That's crazy. Glad it's over and done with. Not much to say. It's only open 4 weekends a year. So had to make a crazy trip to notch this on my highpoint belt.
Since the Illinois highpoint is only open 4 weekends per year we decided to drive down and climb it. 495 miles round trip. When we got to the gate there were several cars there and we met many friendly highpointers on the trail and at the summit and traded HP experiences. Lovely day and a nice view of the corn and soybean fields of Northern Illinois. HP #16.
Thanks to the owners for allowing access! And I like that they make people walk for it.
This was part of a highpointing trip to the surrounding 'neighborhood'.
I finished the Lower 48 HPs by hiking to the top of Charles Mound. This was my 49th state HP.
Easiest hike I have taken. I put a pole up on the top.
The weather was rainy. I went back to Saint Louis a very muddy guy.
Very interesting. The owners were very nice, and the hike was quite peaceful. The summit is maintained very well, and the view of Wisconsin is idyllic. Plus, nearby is Galena (U.S. Grant) and Dyersville (Field of Dreams).
A beautiful fall day to summit the mound. I met the Wuebbels in their office in town, and they were very gracious once they determined I was a real Highpointer and not just a tourist. This highpoint is a great spot to sit and think and savor a quiet landscape.
This was the first summit i've ever got to share with my daughter, who was 10 months at the time. She was not to thrilled with the concept though ;)
My 6th state highpoint. The hardest part is finding the place. There are no signs on the road.