Ascent of McCone County High Point on 2020-11-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, November 14, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||McCone County High Point|
| Elevation:||3440 ft / 1048 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWinter came earlier this year than it had the previous few years. Fresh and unconsolidated snow already blanketed the northern 3/4 of the mountain states by early November. With more forecast for the entire PNW this particular weekend, and with more than 6 weeks of post-surgical immobility on my immediate horizon, I felt a deep need for one last smash-and-grab county highpointing tour; thus I chased the sun all the way to Eastern Montana for a couple days.
It was a short drive to McCone from Mt. Antelope East. But even though McCone only has one point to Dawson's 6, this county high point was a little more involved.
As it was full daylight under a mostly cloud-filled sky on a Saturday, several hunters were in the area getting their start. This actually worked to my benefit. It still felt too early in the morning to bother the property owner. I noted that a couple fellas had just parked and were preparing to walk across the pasture, close to where I wanted to start myself. I asked them if they would mind if I set into the empty fields a bit west of them and they said sure, they were heading for the gullies. So I parked at another spot just east of the farm and 1/2-mile west of the hunters, headed over the fence, and made my way due south.
Luckily for me the snow here was patchy and far less considerable than it was on nearby Mt. Antelope. Nevertheless it was 2 miles walking across pasture and barren fields to the high point. I never did see any other hunters on this walk, as their prey did not lie near the terrain I was walking. The morning had failed to warm up much, so I was relieved to be back at the vehicle.
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| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Frigid, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
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