Ascent of Cottle County High Point on 2002-03-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cottle County High Point
    Elevation:2260 ft / 688 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Aspermont, I drove through Guthrie on US-83, past the Cottle county line sign to FM-452, a small paved route that went west about 4 miles to Delwin, which appeared abandoned. From here I went north on FM-2278 another mile and a half to County Road 266, which is dirt. I drove west on 266 for a mile, then south briefly to an oil-lease road, which was gated, as usual. It was 4:30 p.m.

I started hiking on the sandy road directly into the late afternoon sun. At first the road was okay, mostly sandy, but traction was pretty good. In less than a mile I came upon some oil storage tanks, and off to the west I could see the low, sandy hills which was my destination. After these oil tanks, the road degenerated into soft sand which made walking difficult.

The road made a sharp northward turn at just over a mile, but I opted to continue cross-country through the gray scrub for two reasons: I would meet up with the same road later on, and I would save myself the hassle of walking in soft sand. The scrub was about knee-high and thick, but fortunately, cattle had beaten in paths through the scrub. In time, I came out on to the main road again, after it had made another sharp southwest turn. So far, it was matching perfectly with my topographical map.

I continued along this miserable road. The sand was soft, and the brush thick. I just labored forward and eventually, the road crested a rise and I was essentially at the highest point. I left the road and traveled cross-country about 200 feet to a sandy hilltop, which was mostly bare and strewn about with old wooden planks. I could not locate the benchmark. Tired, I just turned around and walked back out. Tired of the road, I went back into the brush and hiked by line-of-sight back to the oil tanks. I eventually met up with the road and walked back to my truck, a total 4 mile hike with 230 feet of gain and about 1.5 hours of hiking. This highpoint was a chore and I did not enjoy it.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:2020 ft / 615 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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