Ascent of Morton County High Point on 2002-09-20

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:About 20 people
Date:Friday, September 20, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Morton County High Point
    Elevation:3690 ft / 1124 m

Ascent Trip Report

There were about 20 of us here, all attending the nearby State Highpointer's Convention in Kenton, Oklahoma.

Morton County is the southwesternmost county in Kansas. Its highest points are spread out over 13 separate areas, each enclosed in a 3,690-foot contour. The big group of us drove south and visited the first area, a small rise of land along a dirt road one mile south of state route KS-51, on the Colorado-Kansas state line. The rise was barely discernable. We took a few minutes to step on berms and anything "high".

The other 12 areas are clumped in a small band of sandy hills near the southwest corner of the state. Coming in from the town of Elkhart, we drove meager roads to situate ourselves south of the grouping of hills. Immediately, we could see some of the areas were higher than others. We all took off in a loose aggregate, walking northeast about 3/8 of a mile to top out on one hill. From here, we walked from hilltop to hilltop, zig-zagging southwest back to our cars. In this way, we visited all the strong contending highpoints and ignored the ones that celarly were not as high.

The point at which Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma was also of interest. There's a fake windmill nearby, and witness markers point to the actual point, but the marker at the tricorner was dug up long ago.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:3590 ft / 1094 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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