Ascent of Mount Horace Greeley on 2017-05-15

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Horace Greeley
    Elevation:1540 ft / 469 m

Ascent Trip Report

My interest is to only climb named county highpoints, so this report only covers a climb of Mount Horace Greeley and not the other unnamed highpoint candidates. I arrived at the posted gate to Mount Horace Greeley late in the evening. If I wasn't so short on daylight, I would have probably climbed using the un-posted utilities right-of-way, but it was muddy and I didn't want to take the time to change into my boots, so I decided to ascend using the paved posted road. I parked my car a few hundred feet down the road from the posted entrance and started my hike. While I was still on the main road, a conservation agent drove by and stopped to question what I was doing. Fortunately, he saw my camera and tripod and said, "You're going to do some photography?" I was able to honestly answer, "Yep." The agent drove away and once I reached the posted entrance I sprinted up the access road until I was out of sight. The climb to the summit was .75 miles from the gate and I reached the top in the middle of a helicopter pad in 10 minutes. Below this spot is an entire abandoned community with dozens of buildings and probably the reason for it being restricted. Despite its lofty prominence, there was no view from the summit and I was anxious to get back to my car before I was discovered. I jogged all the way back to the gate, with one stop to take a photo of a pile of snow, and got back to the public road in just 7 minutes. I left the area at 9:12 PM and had to drive for nearly an hour before I could find a motel for under $100!
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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