Ascent of Logan County High Point on 2004-05-19

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Logan County High Point
    Elevation:4940 ft / 1505 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day was still young and I'd just visited the Cheyenne County highpoint in Nebraska. I stayed on the local roads just inside Nebraska north of the Colorado line, heading west towards the jump-off point for the Logan County highpoint in Colorado.

The land here is nice, lonely country, with farm fields, rangeland and wide open spaces sprinkled with wind and rain-eroded bluffs. I didn't have a good map with me for this hike because I simply forgot to make a copy, so I was totally dependent on John and Dave's book. They hadn't let me down yet and I hoped my good luck streak would continue.

Using a combination of their book and my DeLorme atlas I found a road they mentioned and went south on it like I was supposed to. It quickly began to behave differently than what they said it would do. It went past a ranch home complex and oil pumps. I realized I was where I wasn't supposed to be so I returned back to the main road. I went west another half mile and found the right road. Both roads had the same name.

I went south on the correct road and about 3 miles later stopped past an old missile silo site. I was in rolling pastureland with distinct hills. Not a soul was anywhere and I had the whole place to myself. I was about 1 mile west of the highpoints, so off I went.

I hiked east and eventually came to a fence after about a mile. Crossing that, I hiked up a couple of hills including one with a substantial cairn built on it. I searched but found no register. Figuring this was the highpoint, and seeing that John and Dave also mention this cairn, I felt pretty good I had found it correctly. Nevertheless, just to be sure, I walked the immediate area and up a couple more rises.

Then, on the way back I made sure to always go up whenever possible. I figured I visited all the likeliest areas. The walk back went fast, aided by the missile silo towers off in the distance. The total walk covered a little over 2 miles and took about 40 minutes in fine, pleasant weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:4890 ft / 1490 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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