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Backpacker Magazine – August 2004
Time it just right to get to the top of this one.
The Peak: 1,550 feet
The biggest challenge in reaching the top of this not-so-airy spot on the campus of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is arriving when the fenced facility is open (it's shuttered Sundays and holidays). Once inside the former Air Force station, park near the flagpole and walk 50 yards up a hill to a brick concourse and a stone marked with an X. The view of the Cosmetology School is divine.
According to the Highpointers Club, only three peaks are easier to scale. Nevertheless, Bellefontaine, home of America's first concrete street, is gripped by summit fever: Just outside the Hi-Point Career Center is the Hi-Point Church of Christ, a short drive from the overpriced Mountain Top Inn. Downtown, scores of yellow flags inscribed with "Peak of Ohio" line Main Street. On South Main, the grand "Highpoint Village" sign--which depicts a snow-capped mountain bathed in brilliant red light--towers over a sprawling shopping center.