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Ascent of Elbert County High Point on 2004-03-19

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Friday, March 19, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elbert County High Point
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7360 ft / 2243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beth and I were heading to Denver. Along the way, we took detours to explore the highest point(s) of Elbert County, a rural county south of Denver, but slowly filling with suburbs. We followed state route CO-83 through the Black Forest to the Douglas County Line sign, then east 8 miles, which put us in the middle of the handful of potential highpoint areas. The land here is gently-rolling meadows and occasional small hills. The meadows are occasionally dotted with forest. At this elevation, above 7,000 feet, there was still snow on the ground in places.

The map is essential to gauge where the highest points may be. The best candidate is a rise in a field about 100 paces north of the road. Although most of the field was fenced, this one area was not. We saw no signs nor people, so we felt alright in walking out to the rises in the field. We also walked to other possible rises, spending about 15 minutes pacing the area. A deer is the grass watched us.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Trailhead:7350 ft / 2240 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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