Keith County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: February 23, 2007
Authors: Dave Covill and Adam Helman

These highpoint contours are in rolling grasslands on a bluff overlooking Lake MacConaughy to the north, a popular state park.

Zero your odometer at Exit 107 along Interstate 80 in Big Springs, Nebraska. Drive north along Route 138 for 2.6 miles to the junction with U.S. Route 30. Continue north, past Route 30, along Day Road (as named in the Nebraska DeLorme Atlas). At 12.5 miles turn right (east) along Route 26, zeroing your odometer at the turn. Route 26 is a good paved road.

Pass the (signed) Garden / Keith County line at 0.9 mile, and continue an additional 1.2 miles (total = 2.1 miles) to a trio of FAA radio towers immediately south. Park.

We visited the northeast contour in Section 28 (henceforth, "28"); the northwest contour in Section 29 (henceforth, "29"); and the radio tower compound (henceforth, "radio").

Dave's 5x hand-leveling results follow.

These observations are consistent with the USGS map which indicates radio to be lower by at least 2 feet.
We would credit any highpointer who visits only 28 and 29.

One must pass through a barbed wire fence for 29. Permission should be obtained from the ranch about one mile west.

We took roughly 45 minutes to visit all three areas, hurrying to leverage available daylight for succeeding counties.