Hill County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: June 29, 2006
Author: anonymous

This effort was part of a larger journey collecting Idaho, Montana, and Washington county highpoints in late June and early July 2006.

I would not be denied this summit, one with over 4,000 feet of prominence, because some Indians consider it to be sacred:

It is also "sacred" to me as a county highpoint!!

A previous highpointer, one B.P, chose to climb from the west. With views of Baldy Mountain from several angles, I decided that climbing the eastern slopes, and especially the prominent, northeast ridge, would offer a lower mean gradient.

Thus, coming from Havre and at this road junction, I traveled left (southeast) in search of a good starting point for dawn the next morning. I located an obscure road leading south from the main road at this road junction; and parked my vehicle at an abandoned campsite about 50 yards down the road before it became impassible by vehicle due to mud.

Walk the 4WD road until just east of the base of the northeast ridge. Depart the road for the ridge approximately here. Climb the northeast ridge. Immediately before the summit are brightly colored cloths adorning the conifers - the trappings of an Indian campsite.

The true summit is bare of trees. For an extended visit consider hunkering down in the nearby trees just 100 yards east - I did.