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Ascent of Bijou Hills on 2012-05-03

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bijou Hills
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:2100 ft / 640 m

Ascent Trip Report

I turned off highway 50 at the cemetery and parked after turning onto 350th street. On the west side of the road is a game preserve with tall grasses. I hiked up this way and found myself at the SW corner of the preserve where I had to hop a fence onto unposted private property. I tried to reduce elevation loss and skirted the reservoir to the south. The grass was short here and made for easy traveling. Next I found an obtuse angle in another fence an went over it right at the turning point. I hiked NW from here and found what I figure is the highpoint near the north end of the flat topped hills. On the way back I walked on the south side of the tiny ridge south of the reservoir to keep my elevation back to the corner of the game preserve. This route was .11 miles longer, but save about 40 feet of elevation regain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:265 ft / 81 m
    Elevation Loss:265 ft / 81 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:255 ft / 78 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.4 km
    Trailhead:350th Street  1895 ft / 577 m
    Time Up:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:215 ft / 66 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.5 km
    Trailhead:350th Street  1895 ft / 577 m
    Time Down:20 Minutes



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