Ascent of Dundy County High Point on 2004-05-18
|Date:||Tuesday, May 18, 2004|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Dundy County High Point|
| Elevation:||3680 ft / 1121 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI started this trip with a handful of easy Colorado and Kansas plains county highpoints. By mid-morning, I had entered into Nebraska in Dundy County, in the extreme southwest corner near the Kansas-Colorado-Nebraska state tri-corner.
In Haigler, Nebraska, I drove west on US-34, and slowly, the land changed character, from flat grassy pastureland to slightly hillier terrain. This was the southernmost appendage of the giant Sand Hills. This little patch took up a few square miles in Nebraska and Colorado. The highest point in Dundy County was atop one such sand hill, located very near the Colorado boundary. Ironically, I had to re-enter Colorado, and most of the approach driving was inside Colorado.
From the junctions of (Yuma County CO) County Roads RR and 46, I drove west, re-entering Nebraska, the line marked by "Dundy County" written on an old tire. The road became sandy and I was able to ease in another couple miles, parking south of the highpoint hill. There were no fences or signs against trespassing, so I parked and started my hike.
I hiked a straight-shot up the scrub-covered slopes, a mix of low grass, cactus and woody scrub no higher than my shin. I was on top in moments, looked around, but couldn't see much in the foggy mist. I returned to my car, gone a total of 20 minutes.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
| Gain on way in:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Start Trailhead:||3580 ft / 1091 m|
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