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Ascent of Kit Carson County High Point on 2018-08-04

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kit Carson County High Point
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:5290 ft / 1612 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you are the kind of highpointer that usually avoids seeking permission from landowners, you will need to adopt a different strategy for the two county highpoints here, Cheyenne and Kit Carson. The trailhead begins in the middle of the Bledsoe Ranch homestead and it is not possible just to park someplace else and do these highpoints stealth. In addition, the Bledsoe family is very agreeable to letting highpointers visit their property, so there is no reason to sneak around anyway. You just need to call in advance and make arrangements for your visit. I called the morning of the day I wanted to visit and was given permission, but I was also asked to call a second number to inform some other individuals of my visit. I used a number I found in Covill and Mitchler's book, Hiking Colorado's Summits, and even though this book was printed in 2002, the number for the Bledsoe Ranch (719-962-3598) was still good. During your drive to the Bledsoe Ranch, you will pass a large concrete pyramid monument on your left built to commemorate the old Montana/Texas cattle drives. A little more than a mile past this monument, you will reach a fork with an actual sculpture of a fork. You take a left here and you will reach the Bledsoe Ranch in just one more mile. From here my GPS indicated it was 1.84 air miles to the Cheyenne County highpoint and 2.92 air miles to the Kit Carson County highpoint. I could not find anyone at the home, so I parked my car in the shade and hiked up a ranch road, that could have been easily driven, to the highest point in Cheyenne County that was located at the south one of two cattle guards, but it was apparent there has been dirt work here, so it is probably not the natural highpoint. I hiked 1.98 miles to reach this spot in 40 minutes and from here it was 1.45 air miles to the Kit Carson highpoint directly to the north. I followed a fence row north past many huge wind turbines and reached that highpoint in 30 minutes after covering a total of 3.54 miles. There was a rock set on a fencepost here that seemed to be as close to the highest point as anywhere else, but looking back at my route, it looked higher in that direction to the south. I discovered, however, that it was just an optical illusion. It took me 1.25 hours to hike back to my car. I had covered a total of 6.74 miles during my visit to both the Cheyenne and Kit Carson County highpoints. It took me a roundtrip total of 2 hours and 39 minutes. No one had returned to the house, so I wrote a thank you note and left it under the wiper blade of a car parked there. Although there wasn't an actual summit at either of these two highpoints, it was still an interesting visit across an environment I rarely hike in and getting to stand beside the incredibly large wind turbines was a bonus to this trip.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country



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