Ascent of Mount Homer on 2019-07-28

Climber: Douglas Harris

Date:Sunday, July 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Homer
    Elevation:1460 ft / 445 m

Ascent Trip Report

I have a “friend” who climbed all of the HMC peaks from the three options for THs: East, West, and now South. From the South, there is a gated logging road off from the main road that runs through Dodge City. 2wd sedans can get to this TH and there is adequate parking. The sign at the gate mentions private road and no motorized vehicles, but My friend didn’t see prohibition on biking or walking.

Take this road for 4 or 5 miles to get to where you want to bushwack. The starting three miles showed no signs of traffic, but there are more tire marks as he proceeded. A midnight or dusk start might be best. There are many unmarked roads and trails in HMC. At off hours, they can be used.

My friend mentioned the western slopes had a nasty cliff band. The east side has more open terrain... at least things were easier in the dark.

Keep climbing and bag a few more if you have permission to be on HMC property: fat chance. Getting a full circuit of peaks might require 20+ miles of hiking and more than a dozen hours. Mosquitoes were reported to be absolutely nasty in July. May was better and perhaps the place is enjoyable in late September or October before snow comes. More darkness could be a good thing.

My friend has no idea why billionaires would want to live in a shithole resort like HMC. Honestly, the Porcupines are far more beautiful than the Hurons. I have very little positive to say about peakbagging in this part of the UP.
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