Ascent of Dixon County High Point on 2014-12-26

Climber: Bob Schwab

Date:Friday, December 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dixon County High Point
    Elevation:1640 ft / 499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip Report ,
December 26, 2014
by Bob Schwab

Dixon County, Nebraska
Nine newly discovered areas (1640+ feet)

From the I-129 bridge in Sioux City, drive west on US 20 about 32 miles to an intersection with Route 116 on the south side of the road. Take the road to the north, 577th Avenue, and follow it for 10.5 miles to an obvious crest in the road. There is a pull-off to your right where you can park. There is a sign nearby that says “hunting permitted,” and nice views can be had, especially to the north and southeast. You are parked on top of area 4, which extends diagonally across the road to the southeast. You will need to hike out into the pasture a bit to evaluate some high ground, but the spot right in the middle of the road seems about as high as anything. Areas 2 and 3 are located just a short walk into the field to the northwest, but from area 4, both appear to be lower in elevation. Area 5 is to the southwest about a third of a mile away... an easy walk across a harvested field, even with the ice/snow on the ground today.

Drive back down 577th Avenue almost a mile to a crest in the road and park. This crest is the second one going north, after passing a trailer house and two large feeder barns. There is also a faint track west into a ravine between these two crests. Hike west up into the cornfield to area 6. Area 7 is farther west, and area 8 is beyond that. Area 7 clearly has rise within its contour, and is the highest of these three spots.

Continue south on 577th for about 1.5 miles to BM 1589, near the corner of sections 7, 8, 17, and 18. The marker post is visible on the west side of the road, and there is a field access pull-off to the east. Hike northeast across another harvested field to the top of area 10. There is a pivot irrigation head on the north slope of area 10, and area 9 is about another .2 mile northeast. This one could almost be Martinized with better weather, firmer soil and no snow, but a winter storm warning was being announced as I visited these spots today.

In conclusion, these newly discovered areas must be visited to claim Dixon County. At least four of them (areas 4, 5, 7, and 10) have significant rises within the contours, and even the lesser areas have at least as much rise as the original area # 1. Future visitors are encouraged to time their visit to correspond to when the fields are open, since several areas are likely to be growing corn in the summer and fall.

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