Faulk County Highpoint Trip Report

newly-discovered area on Waters Hill (2,035+ ft)

Date: October 21, 2006
Author: Bob Schwab


This virtual drive-up is one of the easiest county highpoints to visit in South Dakota and in no way compares to the effort needed to visit the previously- listed eleven (2,010+) areas along the western county line.

From the southern intersection of State Route 45 and US 212 (which is southeast of Faulkton), travel west on US 212 for 1.6 miles to where the main highway bends to the north. Continue west on paved County Route 16 for another 11.8 miles. After 3 miles, you will pass the small settlement of Orient and, at about 7 miles, you’ll see a painted "frog" rock on the right side of the road. At 11.8 miles from US 212, you will arrive at Waters Hill, a grassy knob on your right (north).

I drove up a field track to an enclosed family grave site on the top. Marvin Eschenbaum is buried here (one of his work boots sits next to the head marker!) inside a strongly-fenced area which has a large boulder with several family names engraved on it. I believe the highest ground is near the northeast edge of the fence, next to a yellow portable water tank. There are lonely views in all directions.