White Butte Climber's Log

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adventureharder - Jan 9, 2019 12:57 am Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2018

State Highpoint #04 | ND, White Butte  Sucess!



CTberk - Nov 18, 2018 6:34 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2018

Great views

Beautiful day with mild temps and a slight breeze. Very slippery after the previous day of rain. great views on top. Signs on the road are great.


billydheyhey - Nov 16, 2018 2:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2017

HP #24!  Sucess!

I've heard they made improvements the navigation to trailhead since I climbed this, but I found it rather tricky when I was here.

Saw some deer, but no rattlesnakes (fortunately)!

Tunalp@yahoo.com - Aug 28, 2018 2:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2018

Easy short hike  Sucess!

Nice clear and calm day


marciamallow - May 26, 2018 1:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2015

HP #28  Sucess!

Nothing to see along the drive there, but summit views were actually cool!


mzamp - Nov 30, 2016 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2016

HP #19  Sucess!

Beat the imminent snow due in 5 days. Surprisingly no wind considering how windy it was on Black Elk earlier in the morning.

The land owner to the east seems to be installing a fence along his property line. This will make the trail obvious as all you will need to do is follow the west side of the fence line to the gate.


larvitar - Sep 4, 2016 2:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2016

Larvitour Stop #32  Sucess!

I climbed up on an absolutely beautiful morning--moderate winds, scattered clouds, great view from the top. The trail was a bit overgrown in places, so I was glad I'd worn long pants. No rattlesnakes, but I did have a little run-in with the goats grazing in the field beside the trail (fortunately, I was rescued by a pickup truck--the owners?--that came up the road and shooed them away).


MountainHikerCO - Aug 21, 2016 1:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2016

Slippery in places  Sucess!

This is a much easier hike than the mountains in states to the west. But it is not without its risks. On the way down my wife slipped on the loose dirt and sprained her wrist. Trekking poles recommended.


Jow - Aug 6, 2016 1:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2016

HP 34  Sucess!

Had to crawl under barb wire next to rotting rattlesnake carcass but other than that beautiful day. Had a beer at top and didn't see any live snakes. Few other gents on mountain.


rockymountaindiva - Jul 30, 2016 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016

Great Views  Sucess!

Went to Devil's Tower but thunder/lightning drove us to come up with another idea so called for permission. Easy to find, turn left at sign that says 69 ST SW, drive to mailbox (donation box) and park in field to the right of the farm road. Very windy on top!


harbor - Jun 17, 2016 10:32 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2016

5000 Mile Roadtrip  Sucess!

STHP # 17 for me. Part of a 5k mile road trip through much of the Northern States. Did 4 total state high points and visited a ton of National Parks and other scenic stops.

White Butte is amazingly beautiful in mid-June. We had a cloud-dotted windy day. The prairie grass blowing in waves, no insects, perfect temperature. Couldn't ask for better.

I hiked it with my 18 mo. old and 7 yr old while my wife stayed in the car with my other son. My 7 yr old then hiked it with my wife while I had the other 2.


sgb02d - May 22, 2016 8:39 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2016

Far from Everything  Sucess!

The drive made you feel so far removed from the rest of the country with hundreds of miles of grasslands and cattle. I saw a high point sign with an arrow and turned on a road before the one that summitpost describes and I ended up in some rough back country private road. I punched through then made a turn to get back on the correct dirt road. I parked at the mail box, it appears they dont want you to drive down the road to the abandoned barn building. I had called the owner earlier and nobody answered. 1 hour to the top, and 1 hour down. No rattle snakes, though I did pluck a tick off my t-shirt that I somehow managed to notice. The most interesting part of this hike was the buttes and the terrain... had never seen anything like it.


JRaphaelson - Aug 13, 2015 9:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2015

No Rattlesnakes!  Sucess!

Despite what a lot of people have said, we saw no snakes. Got up and down in an hour. Stay to the left!


DarrenKnezek - Jul 13, 2015 10:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2013

Got the T-shirt in Amidon!  Sucess!

Climbed the highpoint and then stopped at a store in Amidon and got a sweet T-shirt of White Butte.


mattdalman - Jun 25, 2015 2:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015

HP #32  Sucess!

Was almost eaten alive by mosquitoes.


vanman798 - Jun 1, 2015 7:08 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2015

3rd of 3  Sucess!

Did a 1900 miles (round trip) from Orem Utah through Wyoming to three state highpoints, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Viewed Mt. Rushmore, and Devils Tower WY, along the way. Lots of driving. I love the prairies and must say White Butte looked like something you could see in Alberta.

bshirley - Nov 11, 2014 11:54 am Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2006

Happy Halloween  Sucess!

Cold and windy.

Bark Eater

Bark Eater - Sep 16, 2014 12:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2014

Fun day but cold  Sucess!

Fun hike from the mailbox. Please respect landowner wishes and do not drive beyond this point. Trail easy to follow. Wind chill was about 32F, something for mid-September. Wet but no precipitation. The "hill climb" on the bentonite clay was very slippery. I quipped that I now have a "white butt" thanks to "White Butte". #42 for me, #29 for Lillian, #13 for John, #12 for Barb.


passagn - Jul 13, 2014 11:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2014

Beauitful Views  Sucess!

Beautiful hike up White Butte. It took us about an hour to get to the summit, leaving from the old farmhouse at 6:20 PM. We took many pictures a long the way as it was a beautiful evening and many wildflowers were in bloom. Thankfully, we encountered no snakes. Highpoint #33.

We called the number listed to get permission, but no one answered so we left $10 in the mailbox at the beginning of the road that leads to the old farmhouse. The trail was well marked; no issues getting to the top.

Jimmy Rivers

Jimmy Rivers - Jul 6, 2014 2:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014

Great day for a State High Point  Sucess!

State HP #38....Beautiful day with mild temps and a slight breeze. Who knew North Dakota had these hills? Contrary to many reports, we didn't see or hear any rattlesnakes! It was also very easy to find! Just a walk up to the top of the Buttes!

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