Lincoln County High Point Trip Report
Date: December 23, 2000
Located half-way across Kansas (from either direction!), this rangeland bluff is just off I-70.
At Exit 206, go north on a good paved road, KS232, the Post Rock Scenic Highway. The road passes
Avenue B and gains the top of bluff. Avenue A extends off to the right (east). At 1.5 miles from I-70,
park your car at the Ellsworth-Lincoln county line. If you continued driving north you would descend to
Hell Creek and Wilson Lake.
From your vehicle, walk the county fence line to the west as it descends 150' into a gully and then rises
170' to a bluff (I count 320' of gain for this HP). The fence ends at another fence which forms the
Ellsworth-Lincoln-Russell county junction. The highest point is just north of the fence corner, along the
fence line. The high contour area extends a bit to the northeast, but the HP is along the fence. The land
appears higher to the west in Russell County. Note the stone fence posts which support the fence. The
area is famous for this. The ranchers used Niobrara Limestone for fence posts because of lack of wood.
The casual observer will notice that the limestone outcrops along the fence line are rich in brachiopod
shell fossils. For the more cultural among us, drive 1 mile south of Exit 206 on I-70, to the large town of
Wilson, the so-called "Czech Capitol of Kansas."
Author: John Mitchler