Wasatch County High Point Trip Report

Date: September 25, 2002
Author: Dale Millsap

I've been in contact with county officials to try to verify the county line, and I was finally satisfied that I had good information. So, armed with three GPS way points, all on the county line and within the 10,840-foot contour, I parked at the pullout on the south side of the road at Bald Mountain Pass.

From there, it is a short 10 - 15 minutes south to the aforementioned area. From my northernmost way point, I hand-leveled south to the second way point. Then I proceeded to the second way point, and I hand-leveled north to my first way point and south to my third way point. Then I proceeded to the third way point and back-leveled to the other two way points.

I found the first way point to be at least 6 - 8 feet higher than the second, and the third was even lower. So I went back to the first area. This is a really tough call due to the nature of the terrain, but I finally settled on a rocky outcrop just north of one of the few groups of trees. I built a large rock cairn on top of the outcrop.

The GPS coordinates of the cairn are (40.6810° N, 110.9011° W), and the GPS altitude read 10,873 feet (don't put much faith in that reading - it is the least accurate data that you get from a GPS). I won't give any more than four decimal places because it only complicates things with an instrument that is only so accurate. If I'm not mistaken, the fourth decimal place puts you within 30 feet east or west anyway. The other disclaimer is that finding this cairn is no guarantee - you'd better do your own research prior to your visit. I wandered in the area for a while trying to satisfy myself. I didn't have anything to leave for a register.