Ascent of Standing Rock Hill on 2015-10-12

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Dick Ellsworth
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Standing Rock Hill
    Location:USA-North Dakota
    Elevation:1490 ft / 454 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a walk in the park. Dick and I pulled off ND46 and up the dirt road 0.4 miles up to the parking lot for Standing Rock. We walked on a short path past a big stone sign that declared this to be one of the most picturesque places in North Dakota. I would argue that the buttes and grasslands on the western edge are more scenic, but the tree filled river valley south of here does look pretty nice. So nice in fact, that a bit to the west is a place called "Little Yellowstone Park". The Standing Rock is the top of Standing Rock Hill which is a glacial thrust moraine. The rock has some concrete around the base and it looks like it was cut in half at one point, but I think that it has been put back in, hopefully in the way it was originally. It beckons a discussion on highpoint philosophy, though. If you take the summit rock away, but then put it back how it was found, is it still natural?
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Trailhead:Parking Lot  1480 ft / 451 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Minutes

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