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xchallengingBeatiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012


The trail of 0.7 mile to the hill bottom is closed for vehicles. Took us an hour to run from our car to the top and back. Managed to get back right before sunset. Beautiful view. No other human beings/vehicles around.
Posted May 31, 2012 12:11 pm

huskertriguySHP #13  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012


I was surprised not to see a living soul anywhere near White Butte as it was Memorial Day; however, the North Dakota weather was not kind on this day. I didn't even see any other vehicles from the moment I left the highway.

Nice to have the summit to myself, but I didn't stay long; the wind almost blew this Clydesdale off his feet, and I started getting pelted with sleet as I signed the register.
Posted May 30, 2012 12:59 am

vbeckman74Best Halloween Ever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2004


Hiked it in the dark on Halloween with our occasionally lost Boxer. There was even a full moon.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:10 pm

xpdaNorth Dakota  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 1999


Flew into Bowman
Posted Aug 10, 2011 4:58 pm

phillinleytoo much tall grass
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010


Wish the path was a little more worn out. Hiking in prairie grass always freaks me out not being able to see snakes.
Posted May 21, 2011 12:54 am

peaker5593'rd State Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2010


Great views from the summit, and an overall fun hike!
Posted Jan 25, 2011 4:27 pm

peaker5593'rd State Highpoint
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2010


Great views from the summit, and a fun hike!
Posted Jan 25, 2011 4:25 pm

peaker5593'rd State Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2010


Fun climb and great views from the top!
Posted Jan 25, 2011 4:22 pm

WinexNo Snakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Struggled to find the trailhead. Read some reports of rattle snakes, but didn't see any.
Posted Nov 15, 2010 9:42 pm

PedaldanceHP #6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Gorgeous weather, well maintained, wildflowers, and pretty views. My 13yo and I enjoyed this little highpoint. The manequin sitting in the cop car in Amidon brought a smile. Signage was deceiving, but directions as posted on Summitpost were perfect.
Posted Oct 13, 2010 11:46 am

maddie77777Gorgeous HP view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2010


Our little rental car couldn't make it past the road, so we walked the entire dirt road to the trail past the fence. The rattlers at the top were replaced by baby bunnies! The view from the top was one of the greatest views I've had of my 25 highpoints to date.
Posted Aug 8, 2010 6:44 pm

mlandau3Sixth Of Eleven This Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2010


This was a really nice highpoint (we had a nice rain while ascending and a pretty good rainbow on the descent). the clay (bentonite, i think) is really slippery. we did this after a visit to the little missouri badlands and they are not to be missed.
Posted Jul 31, 2010 5:02 pm

ArkitektOne of my first State High Points  Sucess!


I was very young when I did this hike. Maybe 8? I recall their being many cactus in the field leading to the hill. The view from the top wasn't bad though.
Posted Jul 23, 2010 3:06 am

McCannsterF'ing Cold  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2010


Temp was around 10 or so for the hike. Cool area, my first time in ND. Pretty friendly locals, too. HP # 8!
Posted Jan 31, 2010 1:45 pm

AlikaWinter Drive up from CO, Highpoint #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2010


Had a great trip up from CO, stopped at the geographic center of the 50 states and went back through Montana (Albion Ghost Town was cool). Butte was an easy hike and the car got stuck in snow on the way to the trailhead but we got it out and had a great hike.
Posted Jan 31, 2010 1:40 pm

NDhikerNorth Dakota Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006


This was my 1st state highpoint. We couldn’t find the trail, so we found our own way up. No rattlesnakes this time.
Posted Dec 12, 2009 10:05 am

StansburyFirst State High Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2009


I did this spur of the moment on my way back to SD from T.R. National Park. Ran into a highpointer from FL, Tom Gilday, who provided some good assistance and who has done > 1/2 of the U.S. high points. I'll add some details in the comments setion.
Posted Sep 14, 2009 11:26 pm

grabbs146midnight run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2009


couldn't see much but the marker and a memorial for someone. I didn't have a head lamp and it got dark fast
Posted Aug 12, 2009 6:28 pm

AlpinistStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2009


This is my 31st state HP and the last of three during this trip. We climbed Harney Peak and Granite Peak first and White Butte last. We arrived at 8:15pm and summited near dark at 8:45pm. ND also represents the 50th state that I have visited.

Sadly, White Butte is my least favorite highpoint to date for many reasons.

Difficult to find / poor signage. There is a sign on the main road, but nothing on any of the side roads indicating where the trailhead is. We wasted an hour looking for the place.

Poorly maintained trailhead. The road to the old farm house is completely overgrown with grass/weeds and pitted with mud holes. It was not passable with a standard car when I was there.

Poorly maintained trail. Simply put, there are cow pies everywhere. It is difficult not to step on one. There are also numerous places where the trail is steep, slippery mud (when wet). Some trail maintenance is sorely needed.

Lousy summit. The summit marker consists of a pile of rocks and a tiny sign. This could be greatly improved to reflect the significance of being the state highpoint.

I know this is private property but I hope the HPers Club can help to make some improvements to the place so that ND's HP is better represented.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 4:52 pm

Tbacon251Tickfest 2009  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2009


Made the summit after being attacked by ticks along the way. very nice view from the top.
Posted Jul 4, 2009 5:27 pm

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