Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hoosier Hill, Indiana (State High Point #17), June 26, 2011.

Hoosier Hill, Indiana (1257'), June 26, 2011.

Mileage: Drive up

Directions to highpoint: (from From Indianapolis, Indiana take I-70 East 
until you get to Richmond, Indiana. Take route 227 North up to Franklin Township. Go 
about 10 miles.  Take a left on Bethel Road, follow it for about a mile and then take a right 
on Elliot Road and head north for almost a mile. There is the short trail to the top that is well marked. 

I had to be at a conference in Indianapolis and flew in two days early to visit the state high points of Indiana and Ohio (see Ohio report). 

Hoosier Hill is in the woods on the edge of a cornfield.  There's a USGS marker on the ground down (and across) the street about six feet in from the road. I traipsed around the area but couldn't find it.

Well signed.
It really IS next to a corn field!
House nearby.

Short path in.

Register :)

It's a sweet tribute to Indiana's high point.  I signed the register, took some photos and headed to Ohio to visit their high point, Campbell Hill.

Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouri (State High Point #14), March 8, 2010

Taum Sauk Mountain , Missouri (1,772'), March 8, 2010.

Mileage: Drive up

Directions to summit:  (from Head south on State Route 21 from Arcadia, Missouri for about 4 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Highway CC which is signed for Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. After a few miles the pavement ends near a fork in the road. To the left is a lookout tower, to the right is Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Parking is at the end of the road. 

A conference in St. Louis brought me to the region and I arrived a day early to visit the state's high point.  

On the left side of the road up to the summit is a kiosk marking the trail to the tribute to Jakk Longacre, founder of the Highpointers Club ( The tribute is a pair of poles with arrows pointing to the various state high points.  I drove by it on my way to the summit.

There's a short walk to get to the official high point. The lot had just a few cars in it but I didn't see anyone. 

Here's the highpoint, plaque next to the rock.

On the way back down the road I stopped and took the path to the Jakk Longacre site. The walk was longer than anticipated and leaves blocked some of the path but I found it.  

Tribute to Jakk Longacre

Then I headed back to St. Louis.

Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania (State High Point #15), June 27, 2010.

Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania (3,215'), June 27, 2010.

Mileage:  Drive up

Directions to summit(from Don Holmes' Highpoints of the United States): from the intersection of US Highway 219 and Broadway Street in Meyersdale, PA proceed west on Broadway, bearing right onto State Secondary Route 2004 (after railroad tracks), for 9.6 miles to South Wolf Rock Rd (left). S. Wolf Rock Rd is .4 miles west of the Mount Davis picnic area. Turn left on S. Wolf Rock Rd and go .7 miles to Mt. Davis parking area on the left.  The large boulder near the observation tower is the highpoint.

This was destination #1 of my highpointing hat trick (see MD and WV reports).  Many highpointers choose these three in one day as each are an hour apart from the other.  I flew in from Pittsburgh for a conference a day early to explore the region's highpoints and hopefully check three off my list.

The drive to Mt. Davis seemed to take forever but eventually I reached the parking lot, which was all but empty.  

It was a short walk to the observation tower which was run down and unimpressive. 

A little rickety?  I chose not to go up there.

The USGS marker looked badly beaten.

The rock that marks the high point of Pennsylvania.
After a few photos I jumped into the rental car and headed to my next highpoint, Maryland.

Spruce Knob, West Virginia (State High Point #17), June 27, 2010

#17 Spruce Knob, West Virginia (4863'), June 27, 2010.

Mileage:  Drive up (no walking)

Directions to summit: (courtesy of Don Holmes' Highpoints of the United States) Spruce Knob summit is 13 miles SSW from the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. 

From the Backbone Mountain parking area (MD highpoint) in Silver Lake, WV, continue down Route 219 to WV-32 and then to US-33 E and WV-55 for 12.3 miles, then left on WV-28/WV-55 (Mountaineer Drive) to Seneca Rocks, WV.  

From Seneca Rocks follow 33/28 south for about ten miles to County Road 4 (right).  Go 1.8 miles to the junction of 4 and County Road 6, keep left. Continue on Forest Route 112 for 8.2 miles (bear right at the intersection at .6 miles to Forest Route 104 on right). Turn right on Forest Route 104 and continue 1.9 miles to Spruce Knob parking area. Observation tower is a short walk. 

This was destination #3 of my highpointing hat trick (see PA and MD reports) and though I was tired from a day of flying in to Pittsburgh and driving to Davis and Backbone Mountains, I looked forward to the views from Spruce Knob.  

Spruce Knob Mountain did not disappoint.  The drive through Seneca Rocks is beautiful with all its rock pillars; a playground for climbers.  What seemed like a long way to the summit access road gave way to just under two miles of uphill and voila! - the most spectacular sunset!

I walked up the observation tower, took a few photos, noted that the parking lot had bear-proof trash cans.  The mountain road faced west so I had beautiful pink and purple views on the way back to Seneca Rocks.

Sun just beginning to set.
Interesting dumps of talus here and there.

Dinner was in Seneca Rocks, across from the Harpers Old Country Store. I spent the night in a room above the store.  The next morning I asked the cashier how to get back to Pittsburgh and he looked at me as if to say, "Why would you want go there?!"