Roscommon County Highpoint Trip Report
BM at Indian Springs Lookout Tower - section 14-22N-1W (1,579 ft)
Date: April 29, 2007
Author: Andy Hatzos
Don't be deceived by the colorful description on the topo map -- there's no
lookout tower here. The highest point in lower Michigan east of US-127 is
instead occupied by a microwave broadcast tower, which is owned by my alma mater,
Central Michigan University.
This high point is pretty easy to get to. I began in Prudenville and headed
east on M-55. I zeroed my odometer at the intersection with M-76. At 0.5 mile,
a road turns off to the east. I followed this road and nearly bottomed out my
car on a few occasions. At 0.9 mile, there is an intersection. I went left
(north) and reached the summit at 1.1 miles. A large portion of the summit is fenced.
The benchmark "Indian", dated 1932, is located near the southeast corner of the
fenced area. The NGS website lists the point at 1,580 feet, while the topo map
lists it at 1,579 feet. There are two reference marks nearby, which I did not
seek out. I carefully examined the summit and determined that there is no
appreciably higher ground within the fenced area. Thus, thankfully, there is no
need to get inside. There are small rises near the southeast and southwest
corners of the fenced area that I believe are the highest ground.
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