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Utility Road

Utility Road


Page Type: Route

Location: South Dakota, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.84000°N / 103.59°W

Object Title: Utility Road

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Fall

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Moderate

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Page By: surgent

Created/Edited: Jun 17, 2004 / Feb 22, 2007

Object ID: 161254

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See the "Getting There" section for directions to the trailhead.

Route Description

Walk past the gate and follow the utility road as it switchbacks up a prominent ridge generally in a west-northwest direction. After about 5 switchbacks and maybe a quarter-mile, the road ends at a small utility box.

Leave the road and start hiking up the steep forested slopes. The trees will be blazed with white dots. Simply follow these white blazes as the route gains high on the ridge and generally stays just below and west of the rock spires that line the ridge.

The summit is reached after about another 3/4 mile and about 5 false-summits. The top is marked by a cairn and offers great views of Harney Peak and the nearby hills and ranges.

Beware! Pay attention to the blazes. On my visit in May 2004, there was a section of downed trees. I had to use my gut instincts to stay on the route. Coming down I actually got off route and ended up hiking out at a different place where I came in... Attention to detail is a must on this hike.

Essential Gear

A good map, compass and GPS will be very useful, despite the route being blazed most of the way. The forest cover is so thick that if you get off route, you will have trouble getting back on.

Miscellaneous Info

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Sarah SimonGPX File

Sarah Simon

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I have a GPX file for this route. As route (page) owner, only you can upload the file. Let me know if you're ok with me emailing it to you. You can PM me, and I'll send the file your way.

Posted May 30, 2012 10:54 pm
surgentRe: GPX File


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I went ahead and made you "admin" on the page, so that should allow you access to upload the file. Feel free to edit the main page to reference this file. I haven't touched the page in years so any new information you have would be most useful.


Posted May 31, 2012 1:02 pm
surgentRe: GPX File


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PS: I made you admin on the main page, not the route page.
Posted May 31, 2012 1:03 pm
Sarah SimonRe: GPX File

Sarah Simon

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Thanks, Scott, I will load the file when I fire up my laptop next (soon) and keep you posted! Sarah
Posted Jun 1, 2012 11:03 am
Sarah SimonAll done: GPX File

Sarah Simon

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I've added the GPX file to the main mountain page - thanks for the chance to do do! You can go ahead and pull my admin rights - all done! Sarah
Posted Jun 1, 2012 10:47 pm

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