Ascent of Potter County High Point on 2002-05-26

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, May 26, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Potter County High Point
    Elevation:3910 ft / 1191 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had tried to visit the Potter highpoint(s) back in 2000, but the roads were very muddy and I had a dinky rental car, so I backed out on that visit. Now with my truck, and presumably drier roads, I felt I had a better chance to properly visit Potter county's highest points.

In the little burg of Wildorado in Oldham County on I-40, I drove north to the water tower, then east three miles to a fence at the Potter County line. The highpoints are spread around a big pasture, three spots covering a mile and a half of one-way distance from my truck. There were no signs on the gates, and nobody was around and no animals in the pasture, so I went in.

The first area is easy to see since a fence runs over its top (the county line itself), north of my truck. I walked here first and tagged what I thought was the highest point. From here, I walked three-quarters of a mile east-southeast to a windmill and the second area. The third area is another half-mile east, is the largest of the areas and to my eye, probably is the highpoint. It's all hard-pack dirt and low scrub, nothing to look at. I walked quickly, and as I returned to my truck, noted some big storms building above me. This could get interesting.

Later, I was trying my luck south in Armstrong County, but the storm had developed into a supercell. I met some tornado-chasers out on the roads, talked with them, and decided to hightail it east to Oklahoma. I drove into Okie, essentially being chased by the big storms, but fortunately, nothing much happened my way.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:3870 ft / 1179 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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