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"Route 1"

 

Page Type: Route

Location: Nebraska, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 41.63980°N / 103.3461°W

Object Title: "Route 1"

Route Type: Trails, cross-country

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Moderate

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Created/Edited: Jun 17, 2004 / Jun 17, 2004

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Approach


The Flying Bee will provide you with a basic map of the area; it's hard to read and not useful for navigation but at least will lay out where the main roads are and where the starting/entrance point is.

From the Flying Bee travel east another 1/2 mile on the county road and then south another 1/2 mile to the camping area and main gate.

It's tempting to drive past this gate... and I admit I did for another mile, but in retrospect I felt I probably shouldn't have. Use your judgement. Best bet is to park at the camping area and hoof it from there. From here to the Morrill Highpoints is about 4.5 miles o/w. If you just want to get on top the main ridge, it's only about 2 miles o/w.

Route Description


Walk along the road that leads S past the entrance gate (just a cattle grate at a fence opening). This is Road 1. It's a two-track at first. About a mile later it comes to another gate/fence. Enter (shut the gate) and proceed south as the road gains steadily into the hills. Quickly the road descends sharply into an arroyo. Turn right; the main road continues very steeply up to the ridge from here; a small "1" will be nailed to a nearby tree. If you just want to get to the ridge top, follow road 1 to the top. Once on top you can leave the road and walk the ridge to your heart's delight. Views are stunning to both the north and south valleys as well as the ridge itself.

If the Morrill County highpoints are on your agenda, bear left while in the arroyo and follow a series of cow-paths up to the ridge crest. This section will require some navigation skill plus some common sense. You will eventually reach the ridge about 1/2 mile east of where Road 1 does. (You can always walk the ridge east from Road 1, too).

Once on the ridge walk a mile east, following a decent old road most of the way. With GPS and maps you'll need to gauge where the county line is crossed. The first batch of potential highpoint areas is reached after only a few hundred feet inside Morrill County.

The second batch, and the location of the likeliest highpoint, is another mile east. Again, you'll need to reckon the land with your GPS and maps. There were about 4 separate hilltops that seemed to be tied for the highest points.

When returning, be sure you can descend the same place where you came up... it all looks a lot alike up top! Expect a lot of up and down hiking while on the ridge- a constant mix of 50' gain, 30' drop, 20' gain, 40' drop, etc.

From the camping area to the Morrill HPs is about 4.5 miles o/w and about 800 feet of net gain.

Essential Gear


Wear long pants and carry a pole to beat the grass. This is serious snake country.

Miscellaneous Info


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