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cache type Pinnacle Point cache size

by dinoprophet
(Finds: 4  Score: 21)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 24.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 54.177'   W 083° 25.498'
Goodrich,   Michigan   48438
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 16 Jun 2007
Waypoint (Landmark): N0272A
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps half gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps gps (moderate)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available There may be fees.

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A great hike to the remains an old lodge deep in Hadley Hills.

About Pinnacle Point


At 1090 ft, Pinnacle Point is the second-highest spot in Lapeer County, next to nearby Kerr Hill. It is within a 903-acre tract that was purchased by William Neer in 1924. Mr Neer was a prominent Detroit businessman. Among many positions of distinction, he was President of the Detroit Stock Exchange. In the crash of 1929, he lost a vast amount of his holdings, but he kept his Hadley property.

Edwin Seelbinder settled his family here on a "share" basis from 1926 to 1945. The tract was later sold to the State of Michigan to become part of Ortonville Recreation Area. Edwin built all the roads on this land, using a team of horses and a horsedrawn grader. He built Mr. Neer a cottage for his weekend visits from Detroit, which was also used for entertaining his many guests. The cottage had its own electric plant, operated with "hot-shot" batteries.

Edwin also built a lookout, which stood on Pinnacle Point. It was a hexagon-shaped structure, built of log timbers, with windows on all sides, except where a very large stone fireplace took precedence. A Model T truck hauled the stone up the hill, pulled along by a team of horses.

After the state took ownership, these landmarks were destroyed by arson. The foundation and some scattered walls are all that remain of the lookout. This is where this cache brings you.

About the Cache


This is a fairly rugged, remote hike as southeast Michigan goes. It is hilly and somewhat sandy. I highly recommend starting from the equestrian campground on Fox Lake Road. There are closer points to start from, but this trailhead makes for a longer, more scenic hike around some small lakes, about 3 miles round trip. The equestrian trails can be confusing, so make good use of your GPS. And watch your step.

The cache is a 4L Lock & Lock. Please close it tightly and rehide well.

A Michigan State Park parking pass is required for the parking areas. The new agreement between the DNR and MiGO made the return of this cache possible. Please check the guidelines before placing a cache on State Land.

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