One of my readers told me about Bundy Hill in Isabella county. It is the highest point in the county at 1270 feet and has been recently been turned into a nature preserve. Since I was in the area recently I stopped by to check it out. From the parking lot on West River Road near Lake Isabella are a few trails. One of the trails is a history trail with signs along the path describing the town that once stood in the area. Unfortunately, nothing remains of the town today.
At the end of the half-mile long history trail was a sign with an arrow and the word “summit.” I figured I was here I might as well go to the summit. It sounded nice but if you are unfamiliar with the word it means the top of a hill or mountain. It was a nice walk but uphill all the way. My middle-aged body is not accustomed to walking uphill for long distances. It was not too strenuous but more than I planned on doing for a quick trip. I got about half way and was thinking about heading back to the jeep but then I figured I went this far.
I got to the summit and encased in concrete is a U.S. geological survey benchmark. It was a pleasant surprise. I have been finding a lot of them lately and different landmarks around Michigan. After looking a the benchmark I made my trip back down the hill. If you know how gravity works it was a lot easier hiking down than it was up. I don’t have any plans on climbing Everest soon but Bundy Hill was a nice hike and one more place I can say I visited in Michigan.
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