Harney County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: August 14, 2006
Author: Richard Carey
We drove up this mountain August 14, 2006 and visited both possible highpoints.
In his August 1998 report, Ken Jones suggests that the northern
highpoint is higher than the southern one. After using my 32X level at the
southern highpoint by the radio towers I believe the topo map is correct with
the southern point about three feet higher. I sighted on the northern point and
saw people standing on the rocks by the sign. My level line was just over their heads,
indicating about 7 to 8 feet higher. The distance is about 2.15 miles which
yields 3.1 ft. of earth's curvature. Subtracting this amount and allowing for some errors,
I still think the southern point is about three feet higher.
If one is driving up in a sedan by the better northern road I would advise going
out that way rather than trying the southern loop road. This road, as warning
signs state, gets rough and rocky after about 6 miles and remains so for 4 miles
before improving. The northern approach was in very good condition when we drove
it and would be suitable for any car.