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Ascent to Sharpshooter Ridge-Road south of summit ridge on 2016-08-14

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Sunday, August 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Sharpshooter Ridge - Road south of summit ridge
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Remaining Elevation:40 ft / 12 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

If you want to bag this high point legally, you will not be successful. According to the National Monument's rules and conversations with several Park Rangers, hiking across any grass in the Park is not allowed unless there is a trail. Unfortunately, there is no trail to this high point. It is possible to drive within .14 miles of the high point on a paved road to the south, but that is the best you will do unless you are very bold. My son, Marshall, and I saw more Park Rangers patrolling in this area than any National Park or Monument I have ever visited. There is a good chance you will be seen by some official, even though the distance to the high point is quite short. There is absolutely no cover. You will be easily spotted by anyone during your summit attempt. Since the Park closes everyday before dark, a night time ascent is not possible unless you hike across several miles of private property on an Indian Reservation, where it might be worse getting caught than on the National Monument's property! There are many other high points on my "bucket list" to bag, so I will put this one on the "back burner" until a later date. I plan to write a letter to the Park's superintendent and explain the passion that a few of us have for high pointing. I doubt it will make any difference, but perhaps I can suggest a Park improvement of building a trail to the high point. It would add an extra recreational dimension to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument at little cost and provide visitors with a great view of the entire area. Anyone reading this, perhaps you can write a letter as well. If enough of us communicate our desire, maybe the strength of numbers will force a trail addition to the Park.
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