Ascent of Overland Benchmark East on 2018-08-04

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Overland Benchmark East
    Elevation:5250 ft / 1600 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you are the kind of highpointer that usually avoids seeking permission from landowners, you will need to adopt a different strategy for the two county highpoints here, Cheyenne and Kit Carson. The trailhead begins in the middle of the Bledsoe Ranch homestead and it is not possible just to park someplace else and do these highpoints stealth. In addition, the Bledsoe family is very agreeable to letting highpointers visit their property, so there is no reason to sneak around anyway. You just need to call in advance and make arrangements for your visit. I called the morning of the day I wanted to visit and was given permission, but I was also asked to call a second number to inform some other individuals of my visit. I used a number I found in Covill and Mitchler's book, Hiking Colorado's Summits, and even though this book was printed in 2002, the number for the Bledsoe Ranch (719-962-3598) was still good. During your drive to the Bledsoe Ranch, you will pass a large concrete pyramid monument on your left built to commemorate the old Montana/Texas cattle drives. A little more than a mile past this monument, you will reach a fork with an actual sculpture of a fork. You take a left here and you will reach the Bledsoe Ranch in just one more mile. From here my GPS indicated it was 1.84 air miles to the Cheyenne County highpoint and 2.92 air miles to the Kit Carson County highpoint. I could not find anyone at the home, so I parked my car in the shade and hiked up a ranch road, that could have been easily driven, to the highest point in Cheyenne County that was located at the south one of two cattle guards, but it was apparent there has been dirt work here, so it is probably not the natural highpoint. I hiked 1.98 miles to reach this spot in 40 minutes and from here it was 1.45 air miles to the Kit Carson highpoint directly to the north. (See my log entry for the Kit Carson County highpoint)
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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