Ascent of Red Shirt Table on 2016-08-06

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Red Shirt Table
    Location:USA-South Dakota
    Elevation:3340 ft / 1018 m

Ascent Trip Report

Although this is the highest point in a national park, the closest access point requires you to hike across private property on an Indian Reservation in order to reach the western boundary line of Badlands National Park where the highest point is located. Fortunately, the area is not populated, but you are visible to passing cars, since the terrain is an open prairie, however, the high point was only .43 miles from where you can park your car. Be warned that my son, Marshall, and I saw a sign a short distance to the north with the following message: "Caution Former Bombing Range. The area beyond this sign was used for military purposes in past years. For your safety, do not disturb unknown objects. They could accidentally explode." Despite this warning, my son and I, perhaps foolishly, hiked across this area to bag this high point. We did feel quite confident, however, because there were many cows in the same area and I imagine any live ordnances would have already been discovered by curious animals and been blown up long ago! This high point is extremely scenic with a 100-foot cliff overlooking the Badlands to the south and east. If you choose not to access this spot by hiking across the Indian Reservation, you will have an extremely long journey within Badlands National Park and then have to climb a steep 75-100 foot cliff to bag this high point. Good Luck!
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    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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