Linn County High Point Trip Report

Date: April 29, 2001
Author: Ken Oeser

From Greeley drive northeast on Highway 169 for about 5 miles to the Miami county line, then go another 0.5 mile and turn right. Go 2.2 miles and turn left, then about 0.3 mile to the first house on the left. Three men were putting up a fence, so I pulled in and asked permission; nobody was home at the houses just northwest of the three highpoint areas.

The owner's name is Richard Keaton, and he and his son own the property (and maybe the other house). After explaining my reasons for visiting, he said maybe he should put up a plaque at the highpoint. He was impressed with the clinometer. He asked if I knew what the most popular spot in Kansas is, and I guessed his highpoint. He then told me it is the Colorado State Line! Anyway, I gained permission to drive up his back field to a fence, then hike around and have fun.

I walked through a short section of trees to a field, then followed the right fence line along what appears to the highest area of the SE of the three areas. At the next fence I turned left and hiked west to its crest in the middle area. I took clinometer readings in all directions: Northwest is a little lower (the NW area) back toward the house, the east area is lower (the SE area), and another hill farther SE was showing even at a corral. I hiked back to the SE area, crossed the fence, and over to the corral. Taking a reading back to the NW, the middle area is higher. This corral is one contour lower than the three areas.