Logan County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: November 23, 2007
I've been enjoying living west of Rockies (New Mexico) so much that I've often
neglected county highpoints on trips out east and back home over the past year.
Well the whole family headed home to Peoria, IL for Thanksgiving and we stopped
at Elkhart Hill on the drive from St Louis to Peoria.
Tim Worth's trip report provides spot-on directions to the area and we parked
the rental PT cruiser at the gate mentioned in his report. Since his visit
there have been a couple of developments. First and foremost, the area is now
an Illinois Nature Preserve and has signs stating such at the gate. Second, as
I was starting the hike up the hill, the landowner pulled up and asked me what I
was doing. I replied that I was hiking to the top of the hill and since I was
in a nice sweater and jeans he quickly realized that I was probably not a
poacher. Apparently he still has a lease (?) on the land but hikers are
welcome, he's just trying to discourage game poachers. The hike was short but
pleasant, with the fall colors just starting to disappear. The bee keeping
equipment is no longer around at the second point but the BM is easily found and
there is a grave marker for John Shockey very near the highest point.
All in all, this is a very nice IL highpoint.
Author: James Wedekind