Ascent of Dundy County High Point on 2004-05-18

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dundy County High Point
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:3580 ft / 1091 m
Descent Statistics

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