Ascent of Johnson Butte on 2012-07-31

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Johnson Butte
    Elevation:5070 ft / 1545 m

Ascent Trip Report

On NE-29, 18.3 miles N of the Scotts Bluff - Sioux county line, which is in turn 4 miles N of Mitchell and US-26, on the E side of the hwy, is a gravel pullout where I parked. There was a wire fence but no adverse signage.

The hike is a straightforward mile E, with no cows grazing or any other current agricultural use. About half way, I negotiated the fence from section 18 to 17. About three fourths of the way, the terrain, which had been flat and easy open grassland up to this point, became a convoluted maze of furrowed sand dunes. After a final quarter mile of up-down-and-around the dunes, I arrived at the highest ground, which is near the S end of a N-S trending ridge.

While in the area, I also investigated Sioux Butte, which is two miles S of Johnson Butte on the W side of the highway, directly behind the 2X Johnson Ranch. I inquired at this ranch for permission, but the person who was present wasn't the owner; he was just a hired hand, the owner was away but would be back the next morning. I couldn't stay around until then, so I passed.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:290 ft / 88 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:NE-29  4880 ft / 1487 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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