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Ascent of Lincoln County High Point on 2004-03-18

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Thursday, March 18, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lincoln County High Point
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:5960 ft / 1816 m

Ascent Trip Report

My wife and I were in Colorado as I was following up on some job leads. Plus, we wanted to explore and have a vacation while at it.

Today was our first day in "The Springs", and we had a lot of places to visit and things to do. The weather was magnificent and warm, record highs for this time of year. The highest point of Lincoln County is about a 35-mile drive east of Colorado Springs, an easy rise along a rural road in the middle of the Plains. I couldn't resist it, and fortunately, my amazing wife was amenable to my nutty idea to drive all this way for such a lame "highpoint".

We drove east along state route CO-94. Leaving Colorado Springs, we weaved through low hills, then whammo, flatness. We passed through the communities of Yoder, Ellicott and Rush. For some reason, the area seems to specialize in wrecked-car lots. When we came upon the Lincoln County Line sign, we went north two miles, then east to a rise in the road. We were here.

In a slightly-brisk wind, we both exited the car and took turns stepping on the highest point. Our visit to the Lincoln highpoint was over in moments, and we drove back into Colorado Springs, including hiking in the Garden of the Gods city park.
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