Ascent of Burke County High Point on 2015-10-09

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Dick Ellsworth
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Burke County High Point
    Location:USA-North Dakota
    Elevation:2532 ft / 771 m

Ascent Trip Report

We couldn't find anyone home, either at the new house to the north, or the trailer and house to the south. We did, however, find an unposted field entrance 0.17mi north of the road to the fracking drill entrance road. When we pulled in, I spotted a huge bull moose 300 feet away from us! I got a good picture of it, then it scampered off across the road and hopped a fence on the other side. It was the first time I had seen the moose subspecies that lives in the northern Midwest, and it was quite a surprise that it was here in the bumpy lands of North Dakota. I had always hoped to see them in northern Minnesota. This subspecies is actually bigger than its counterparts in Montana and Utah. We started hiking west, using the map and GPS unit to keep track of where we were between the lakes and ponds. We had to cross an electric fence and go between two ponds when I spotted a second moose, this time a female! What luck we were having with the wildlife. We continued on and crested a ridge that had a two track on it. We followed this for a bit, then worked our way SW toward the highpoint when it stopped going in the direction we wanted. Most of the area was short grass, so it was easy to just go where we wanted. We crossed one more fence and saw the old barn that others had mentioned. On the final incline I saw a deer one rise over that was running straight at me! It went into the dip between us, but never reappeared. On top we found several sandwich sized rocks and we picked out the highest one as the top. The southern area was in trees that were displaying great fall colors, yellow specifically. We went back much the way we came. There was a snake in the path at one point, but it hauled off. There was a bit of wind, but the weather was quite nice.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:375 ft / 113 m
    Extra Gain:159 ft / 48 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.6 km
    Trailhead:ND40  2475 ft / 754 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:36 Minutes

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