Ascent of Stratford Hill on 2016-08-11

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stratford Hill
    Elevation:4971 ft / 1515 m

Ascent Trip Report

True this is an easy county HP but I was surprised that it was behind barb wire fences. I misinterpreted the USGS to think there would be a jeep trail out of the intersection of Stratford Hill Road and Cormier Road. Summary of trip is as follows:

1) I came from the south out of the town of Columbus on interstate 94 then headed east using Duckcreek Road over to Hillcrest then down south to Stratford Hill Road instead of the northerm approach that travels through all of the 90 degree turns you get on Cormier Road. I did exit the northern route on my way back to Billings and I found the route from the south far more interesting landscape scenery.
2) All of the gravel roads were in great shape and you could drive 40 mph and cover the distance quick
3) Cows were in the pastures but not on the "Crow Indian Reservation" land to the east; so I slipped between the barb wire fences and followed the fence line in tall grass to avoid any cattle lands.
4) I did have to cross the barb wire fence into the pasture at the end of the hike to get on the property where the BM and grave site are but the fence is lower near where the plateau falls off and I was able to easily step over there and there were no cattle in that section of the pasture.
5) the best views were off the plateau to the south
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:55 ft / 16 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:along fence line
    Trailhead:junction of stratford hill road and Cormier Road  4916 ft / 1498 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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