Ascent of Grant County High Point on 2017-07-27

Climber: Dave Covill

Date:Thursday, July 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grant County High Point
    Elevation:4200 ft / 1280 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great encounter with owners. All those who failed to check in with the ranch just a mile to the NW of the HP are silly people.............

Met Kathy & Tim Cover (pronounced like the word "over" - hard O ) and sons Matt, Chris, Jeff. Wonderful people. They own the hill, lease out to the radio tower companies. They were happy to let me drive to the top. In dry conditions, they will probably ask you to walk from the ranch house, but it was raining as I arrived, and the grass was green.

Once you talk to them at ranch house, you can drive around the N side of the compound, head E, and take the VERY FAINT cutoff at the triple Y junction across grass, and all of a sudden it magically turns to gravel placed by radio companies. Follow up to knoll between hills, go Left (E) to highest hill which has the shorter microwave tower, not the big radio tower, nor the naked hillock. E hill must be a good 10-12'+ higher.

From hwy 2 at 0.0 :
0.05 RR tracks
0.7 cattle guard
0.8 Cover house on R, 1st one of several
1.3 Y junction stay R onto right-most faint trace
1.6 metal gate, no sign, simple chain
2.0 junction in saddle between knolls, go L
2.2 top of Eastern microwave tower-topped hill

Road is perhaps a 4WD Grade 3/10. Subaru easy, 2WD pickup easy, passenger car skillfully driven would only bottom onto minor sandy dirt a bit in the ruts up high. I didn't put my Rodeo into 4WD, could feel and hear the grass and occasional sand bumping the middle of the car. Use caution where you park with hot exhaust pipes....

Cover's phones # =



Please only contact them at reasonable hours of course, and thank them profusely.

With this contact info, it would be downright moronic to not ask permission in the future..... Just sayin'.....

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