Ascent of Crowley County High Point on 2019-07-19

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 19, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crowley County High Point
    Elevation:5220 ft / 1591 m

Ascent Trip Report

I reached the landowner's home for the Crowley County highpoint, but I did not see anyone behind the fenced yard, which I was not willing to pass through with a sign reading,"Beware of Dog." Since I never saw anyone and the gated access road was not posted, I put a note on my windshield explaining my presence and started the long hike to Schubert Hill 1.95 air miles away. I followed a ranch road and an ATV trail next to a fence row for a long distance across very dry prairie habitat and passed a benchmark on the end of a severely bent pipe along the way. I also passed the pond mentioned in Dave Covill's country highpointing book after covering .85 miles and after hiking 1.6 miles in 40 minutes from my car I reached a cow path when I was .53 air mile from the highpoint. The cow path headed directly toward the highpoint, so I followed it and after covering a total of 2.23 miles from my car in 55 minutes I reached the coordinates for the highpoint. As expected, I observed the same prairie view I had seen since the beginning of my hike and no indication that I was actually on the highest point in Crowley County. I returned to my car in 48 minutes after covering a total of 2.09 miles from the summit. No one had touched the note I left on my car, but there was now a loud barking dog behind the landowner's fence. I wondered why that dog didn't hear me when I arrived.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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