Ascent of Big Horn County High Point on 2016-08-11

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:John Hasch
SharonMarie Wilcox
Jerry Brekhus
Denis Dean
Mike Waltz
Charles Zerphey
Mary Brooks
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Big Horn County High Point
    Elevation:9257 ft / 2821 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very long drive for a short hike. Our group of eight carpooled in 2 SUVs from the Highpointer's convention in Red Lodge, MT for the two hour drive into Wyoming, up steeply to the crest of the Bighorn Mountains on winding Route 14A, and then north on Forest Road 11 for 17 miles to the state line. The hike was a short stroll up a steep, rutted road that more-or-less paralleled the state line as we walked east. The summit area of the peak is quite flat and the highest ground is essentially on the state line. A rock outcrop to the west, in a grove of trees, may be the peak high point in Wyoming, but the issue is academic.

It was fun to meet several fellow county high pointers and the trip was a good social outing. Thanks to Jerry and Denis for driving all that way.

After getting back home I looked at the map of our drive and noticed that we passed very close to the summit of Duncum Mountain (9831') while on FR 11, at an elevation of 9760 feet. This is considerably higher than our hike destination, and I wish I had done some research so we could have stopped and bagged this 900-foot prominence peak on the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:457 ft / 139 m
    Total Elevation Loss:457 ft / 139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:457 ft / 139 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:East Slopes
    Start Trailhead:NF 11 at State Line  8800 ft / 2682 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:457 ft / 139 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:East Slopes
    End Trailhead:NF 11 at State Line  8800 ft / 2682 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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