Dunn County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: May 8, 2006
I think that maybe the approach from the Veigels gate isnít the best way to get
this one. I learned from a rancher that Larry Lundberg controls access up this
road (701 863-6939) and I received permission to go up from the north side.
Once you get on top of the mountain where the two radio towers are, the road
deteriorates rapidly. I headed south on really bad tracks to an east-west fence line.
I parked here and walked about six more miles along cow paths and old tracks
that stay up high on the open ridge. I visited BM Killdeer and all 11 contours.
Two of these contours have radio towers, and there is an access road that comes
up from the south which had fresh tire tracks! On the way out, I saw a single
posting with the name of a rancher Craig Dvirnak (701 863-6730).
I called Mrs. Dvirnak and learned that there is indeed better access to these
areas from the south. My advice is to call the Dvirnaks and get permission to
visit via the southern access road.
On a side note, I have been in contact with Dave Doyle (NOAA) about the
erroneous BM elevation reported for BM Killdeer in the data sheets (it was off
by 280 feet!). He has assured me that the error will soon be corrected to 3,284 feet.
Author: Bob Schwab