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

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Washington County High Point
    Elevation:5420 ft / 1652 m

Ascent Trip Report

I flew into Denver with plans to spend a week visiting Plains county HPs and dodging thunderstorms. When I left Denver's airport, located in the middle of nowhere, I hadn't planned on a hotel, so I started driving, heading east toward Kansas. Along the way there were two easy Colorado County highpoints to visit, starting with this one, Washington County.

I drove east via Interstate-70 then US-36 for 100 miles in cold, misty weather to the town of Last Chance, then south on CO-71 to the Washington and Lincoln County Line. From here, I drove a couple more miles east along a dirt county road to a high spot in the road, the Washington County Highpoint. I had no map, just John and Dave's Hiking Colorado's Summits book with me, which I followed to the letter.

Once at the highpoint, I got out, at 1:45 a.m., in pitch black and fog, and walked the area. It was cold and windy and not nice. I could see nothing. I got back into my vehicle and drove back to Last Chance, then east until I finally pulled off the road and slept in the vehicle for a few hours.
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Open Country

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