Ascent of Antelope Hills on 2018-03-18

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Antelope Hills
    Elevation:2604 ft / 793 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Antelope Hills is the 9th highest named high point is Oklahoma as well as the Roger Mills County high point. I must admit I only climbed the southern high point candidate due to the fact that the highest 2600-foot contour line on the northern location is so tiny and it looked fairly flat compared to the much larger area inside the 2600-foot contour line at the southern spot, plus it has the labeled "2604" benchmark as well. In addition, my goal is to only climb named county high points and not every single one. On the topo map, the southern candidate is the area that bears the name "Antelope Hills" and not the northern candidate, so I was satisfied just climbing the southern point. My wife, Geri, and I parked our car northeast of the mesa where there was a crude access road with no fences and no posted signs. At this spot we were only .2 air miles from the summit, but we had to hike a good portion of the 'L' shaped mesa in order to reach the benchmark. Our one way distance was .35 miles and it involved some mild bushwhacking and moderate Class 3 climbing just before the top of the mesa plateau. The more direct route straight west to the benchmark would involve an extremely uncomfortable bushwhack through thick brush and our more indirect route only required 16 minutes anyway. There are great views during the ascent and from the summit as well. The benchmark was in great condition, even though it was placed in 1927. In addition, there was a summit register in a white plastic bottle beside the benchmark, but it was badly cracked and it looked like it would fall into pieces if I touched it, so I left it alone, even though I was extremely curious to see the other names on the register. Our descent took 1 minute longer than our ascent (17 minutes) and I am not really sure why. Perhaps we were being especially careful on the Class 3 section. There are a lot of loose rocks there and a slip here would cause a tumble that would not end quickly!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble

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