Highpointers hoping to reach the top of Illinois will have five weekend opportunities in 2018 as the access dates for Charles Mound have been announced.
For those looking for a winter accent to the top of The Prairie State, access will be granted on February 17 and 18. However, the lane leading to the highest point will not be plowed.
After February, highpointers will have to wait until the first full weekend of the summer months to reach the top of Charles Mound. Access to the highpoint will be available June 2 and 3, July 7 and 8, August 4 and 5, and September 1 and 2.
Charles Mound sits on private property in Illinois, and it should be treated as such. The property owners, The Wuebbels, love highpionters and are gracious hosts with just three firm rules for visitors:
- No cars up in our lane.
- No pets
- No visitors after dark.
Set your car GPS to “688 West Charles Mound Road, Scales Mound, IL”. Their private lane is not marked except for a blue “688” along the road. Do not crowd the country road. Park on one side off the blacktop so that farm equipment can pass through. From this country road, it’s about a 1.25 mile walk up the lane to the summit.