Ascent of Firstview Hill on 2011-11-02

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Firstview Hill
    Elevation:4592 ft / 1399 m

Ascent Trip Report

"Firstview Hill" has 4 contending areas, which are spread out in a N-S line ranging from ¾ mile N to 1½ miles S of Firstview, which is little more than a handful of grain silos. Firstview is on US-40 ~10 miles W of Cheyenne Wells CO, which is in turn ~17 miles W of the KS border. Anyone interested in "climbing" the hill can conveniently combine it with Mt Sunflower, the KS state HP.

From US-40 on the E side of Firstview, I headed 0.5 mile N on Rd 34 to County Rd R and parked at junction 4577. A more intrepid driver might head W a few tenths of a mile, but I saw little point. I hiked ¼ mile W and negotiated a fence to the large area S of the road. The northernmost area is barely discernible in the field, and I'm sure it's lower than the southern area, but I walked out to it also just to satisfy any skeptics.

For the two areas south of US-40, I headed 1.5 miles S of the highway on County Rd 34, then turned R (W) on an unsigned road an additional 0.6 miles to its end at a tower. The highest ground on the southernmost area is right at the end of the service road. I then hiked 0.4 mile N across open field (not under cultivation at the time) to the northern of the two southern areas.

No access issues, though the field containing the very northernmost of the 4 areas was plowed. Why that would be the case in November is beyond me.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Trailhead:4572 ft / 1393 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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