Ascent of Panorama Point on 2016-03-05

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
and Katrina
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Panorama Point
    Elevation:5426 ft / 1653 m

Ascent Trip Report

After leaving Council Bluffs around midnight in two cars, the four of us watched the sun rise behind us as we entered Wyoming. We pulled off at the first exit in Pine Bluffs, which strangely looked better than Nebraska already at mile marker zero. We then drove south on 164 up a hill and over rolling countryside until we turned left on 203 which took us off of the pavement and onto gravel. 203 made two 90 degree turns and was now called 6 and was back in Nebraska. We took a right on 5, then slowed down as we passed a rough looking house that might still be lived in. Artski's phone told him to turn into the house, but luckily there was a sign that said No Trespassing - High Point access half a mile south (or something like that). We drove the last half mile before turning onto a ranch road with a cattle gate and a box to pay at. This is a bison meat ranch called the High Point Bison Ranch and the box requested $3 per person and prohibited walking. We drove on, noticing that the bison were on the other side of a fence from the road, today at least. We parked just shy of the top, enough to let us get at least one foot of gain as we walked to the monument. However, it was just that, one foot of gain. There were several bumps on the ranch, but this one did indeed look highest, just 25' northeast of the monument I'd reckon. Artski pointed out that we could see the Front Range with its snow covered peaks. Mummy Mountain and Hagues Peak were the easiest to see at just over 90 miles away. There was an old desk and a giant stuffed animal at the top along with the rail protected summit monument, which looked somewhat like a tombstone. The ground was sandy and gravelly. This was State HP #9 for Artski and myself, and retroactively legitimized this last year's hiking season which was otherwise dry for state highpoints. This was Katrina's 4th and my mom's 3rd. Artski and I ranked it above Hawkeye Point, which isn't saying much. This summit would have been better right at sunrise and I wouldn't recommend to anyone to come here unless it's a good day for a view, either of mountains or storm fronts. On our way out we saw the bison running together along the fence line. It was a remarkable sight. We parted ways with the new Forester and Katrina and I took ours back to I-80 to go meet up with Nicholas for some skiing at Snowy Range to start of this jam-packed week of spring break skiing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0 mi / 0.1 km
    Trailhead:5425 ft / 1653 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Minutes

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