Theodore Roosevelt National Park Highpoint Trip Report
Date: July 20, 2011
I thank Ron Tagliapietra and Edward Earl for their reports, which I found quite helpful.
I parked at the same curve where they did. Ron reporeted, in 1998, "limited parking" but,
as EE noted, the pullout is now paved and there is room for a number of cars to get
well off the road.
I hiked across the prairie dog town and past the abandoned stone building,
seeing a dozen or so mountain bluebirds as I passed. I continued generally east-southeast
until it became apparent that I was going to have to get up onto the top of the buttes.
I made the moderately steep ascent to the top and headed generally northeast,
looking for the highest ground.
I found a cairn containing a register, which bore the names af a number of the usual suspects.
This cairn appeared to be at the highest ground, so, after adding my name to the register,
I headed down a slightly different way than that by which I had ascended.
With the interstate only a short distance to the south, it is hard to get lost,
and I had no difficulty making my way back past the stone building and through
the prairie dog town to my vehicle.
I had lunch at the picnic area near Cottonwood Campground where a bird that I couldn't find
in the trees persisted in singing. After I put my stuff back in the vehicle
I turned to look back at the picnic area and there it was,
out on a branch in plain sight. It was my first lazuli bunting.
Author: Fred Lobdell