Whitman County Highpoint Trip Report

Tekoa Mountain

Date: June 22, 2008
Author: Ryan Courtney

I began the drive up the very rough road before submitting to the fact that the Altima would not make it. Perhaps 1/3 of the way to the road split where the mountain gets steep, a woman and her mother were parked and enjoying the view in lawn chairs. They had planned to drive the entire way in their Corolla.

I spoke for awhile with a couple from Tekoa on their drive down, who had driven to the peak in their pickup. They drove up the left side of the road split and down the right, so both are passable.

Tekoa was a nice hike and the workout was welcome. Great views most of the way. Up in about an hour, down in 45 minutes, with a half-hour at the summit. I believe that, by walking the perimeter of the largest antenna area, I hit the highest natural point. If anyone is planning on being nearby, I will note that the gate for the highpoint area is currently completely open. The chains are locked but the gate is swung wide. I did not venture inside and am satisfied in claiming the county.