Ascent of Hooker County High Point on 2019-07-10

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hooker County High Point
    Elevation:3800 ft / 1158 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was part of a day trip to hit Nebraska county high points Buffalo, Loup, Blaine, Hooker, McPherson, Thomas, Logan, and Custer.

Some general notes:
* All unpaved roads are generally drivable by most vehicles unless otherwise noted. You will drive over and through countless cattle guards, as well as over blind hills, all on narrow roads, so be cautious.
* All of these COHPs involve walks through tall grass of varying lengths. Wear gaiters; you will be glad you did.
* Each of these COHPs will put you into close contact with cattle, almost always Angus. Most run away; some are more curious. In any case, watch your step.
* Almost all of these COHPs have you driving past or very near the property owner's residence. Please make every effort to make contact and request permission. Every single property owner I established contact with was friendly and hospitable, if not bemused at the notion of county highpointing. In all cases be respectful.
* Always close and latch gates behind you when entering and exiting. And be prepared to climb over countless barbed-wire fences.

It is remarkable; Bob Schwab's directions on the COHP site are still valid all these years later. Don't let the paved single-lane road seduce you into pushing the speed; I encountered several large trucks, including around blind corners and over hill crests I where I needed to pull over to the shoulder immediately. Some vehicles may struggle with the unpaved roads here depending upon the conditions. A maintainer was attending to the road while I was there, curtailing the roughness some.

I encountered the landowner on the road in his Kubota a few miles from the three high points. He was unfamiliar with county highpointing but told me if I waited for him to check his cattle, he would take me up there. (I omit his name here because I never asked for permission to use it.) I waited 20-30 minutes for him to return and then followed him to his home. I realized once we were at his home that we were likely not going to the true county high points, as they were farther west. I mentioned this to him and showed him the points, though he seemed quite certain the highest point was a short distance from his house. In any case it was beautiful up there and he was very kind and a fine conversation partner.

When we returned to his home I thanked him for his time and returned the way I drove in, stopping to walk to the three true contenders, following Bob Schwab's directions. The gate was wide open.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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