East Colorado County Madness - Exploring Elbert and Washington Counties

East Colorado County Madness - Exploring Elbert and Washington Counties

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 39.37040°N / 103.8002°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Nov 12, 2011
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Winter

East County Named Peak Ridiculousness

2011/11/12 - Cedar Point, Matheson Hill, Presidents Hill, Flat Top - E County Madness
Partner in ridiculousness: Derrill Rodgers

We did this to avoid the front range and high country wind... Out east, young man, out east...

Stats: 320 miles of driving, 7 total hours, 1 rest stop, 1 ranked peak and 3 named peaks, 1 county high point (Washington County - Presidents Hill), the highest ranked 5er in the state (Cedar Point), and 2 dead ends.

Cedar Point, 5991'
Cedar PointCedar Point

Riverbend Quad
Elbert County
Highest Ranked 5er in Colorado

Being the only ranked peak of the day, this was the first priority. We basically drove right up to the closed contour (unoccupied radio facility), walked around it, and done. We forgot to look for the benchmark shown on maps as "Cedar". Doh!

Cheyenne Lookout (stymied), 5763'
Cheyenne LookoutCheyenne Lookout

Barking Dog Spring Quad

Definitely the coolest looking peak of the day, we were unable to find a way up it from the S and SW sides. All roads ended either in houses/farm, or locked gates/private property/hunting things. We did not try the NW, N, or NE sides. Closest we got was just under 2 miles. Heard a rumor that access was granted from a home/trailer owner on the E side off of hwy 71. Biggest bummer of the day, as this was the most aesthetic peak and area of the day.

Rocky Peak (stymied) 5990'
Rocky PeakRocky Peak

Kuhn's Crossing Quad

Kind of an interesting bluff, we never got closer than 2 miles from this one. Tried for access from the W and S sides, didn't pursue the NW, N, or NE sides, although it didn't look optimistic. Private hunting area? Signs for outfitters were up. P.S.R. Outfitters.... Although they might grant access, we didn't have time to research it.

Matheson Hill, 5990'
Matheson HillMatheson hill

Matheson Quad

This is easy public property, although completionist nerds like myself concern ourselves with things like benchmarks, it goes quickly. The hill is on the south side in the public right-of-way next to the highway. We cross the street and went to the View BM as well, and they are very close to equal height. Cool BM anyway.

Presidents Hill, Washington County High Point (although kind of a lame point). 5430'
President s Hill - Washington County High PointPresidents Hill

Lusto Springs Quad (for both of these)

Literally a drive-up. Get out, touch the ground, done. The highest remaining natural ground appears to be next to the power pole. *YAWN*

Flat Top, 5402'
Flat TopFlat Top

Almost scenic, it is definitely flat. Another radio tower thing (really?!?! How many of these things are needed out here?!!). Quick scamper up the access road to the tower, check out the cool "Sutton" benchmark, and done. Longest hike of the day at .4 miles RT.

If you're in the area, check out Fremont Butte (Washington County) and Eagle Rock (Elbert County). Not sure about either one of those yet, but they're on the list.

Links for peaks

Matheson Hill

Flat Top

"Presidents Hill"

Cedar Point

Rocky Peak

Cheyenne Lookout

Eagle Rock

Fremont Butte


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CSUMarmot - Nov 13, 2011 8:34 pm - Voted 10/10


Gotta appreciate those eastern CO points that barely poke out of the ground enough to be named/ranked.


McCannster - Nov 15, 2011 12:09 am - Voted 10/10

Long live Eastern Colorado

Eastern Colorado is under appreciated. Thanks for the nice little TR to the forgotten part of the state. Looks like you had fun.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Nov 15, 2011 10:42 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Long live Eastern Colorado

Thanks, glad you appreciated it. We have plans for more out there... some of the "peaks" are quite aesthetic.


jdzaharia - Jan 5, 2012 11:37 am - Voted 10/10


I hiked Eagle Rock (6234, Elbert Co) a couple times. There's also some neat badlands canyons to the northwest of it.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - Jan 5, 2012 9:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Fun!

Sweet ! Any suggestions for getting it?


jdzaharia - Jan 6, 2012 10:25 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Fun!

I sent you a PM.

My mom's uncle said, "Supposedly somebody saw an eagle up there one time, but I've never seen one up there."

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