by GEM Trail » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:27 pm
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by Fletch » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:17 am
GEM Trail wrote:TRIP REPORT FOR CHARLES MOUND
I have been living in Chicago for the last few months, researching a possible highpoint trip later this month. It was a bummer to think my daughter and I can't legally climb Charles Mound, the highpoint of Illinois.
Then on Friday I realized that two of the eight days this highpoint is open to the public would be the coming weekend. I work in Elgin, Illinois, which is about a two hour drive from the highpoint.
My roommate met me early Saturday afternoon. On the way we passed through the very charming town of Galena, which has a long and interesting history. The GPS on my phone lost its signal and the next half hour we basically bushwhacked the winding roads until we ended up in Wisconsin, just north of the highpoint.
At the gate there is only room for about three vehicles. We parked and it was a mile or so up on a very nice little country lane. We had perfect weather and a very pleasant hike. We reached the top around 6:30 pm and were numbers 51 and 52 on the register that day.
Of course there is some controversy surrounding this summit. The present owners treat the fact that they own the highpoint as a big inconvenience to them, and restrict access. The nearby town of Scales Mound (which advertises itself as the top of the state) or the state of Illinois needs to turn this into a park. Free the mountain! Access for all.
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