Ascent of Hopkins County High Point on 2002-11-09

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hopkins County High Point
    Elevation:650 ft / 198 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob and I reached Cumby along Interstate-30 around 4:30 in the afternoon. I parked at a gas station on the frontage road along Interstate-30, where FM-275 crosses over the highway, and rode with Bob into "downtown" Cumby. We parked in a church parking lot, near the intersection of FM-275 and FM-499. The first of two highpoint areas is near the corner by a park. We walked across the park and onto another residential street.

The second area is a short walk of less than a quarter-mile along this residential street, the first one west from FM-275 north of the main intersection. The road dips, then rises to a corner, and we walked in a vacant corner lot and also made "shortcuts" across a frontyard to gain its (apparent) highest points. We walked back to Bob's truck, then back to the gas station where I was parked.

While at the gas station, Bob parked in a dirt lot at an angle relative to the rest of the cars. We were getting our maps in order and would be on our way quickly. Some weathered old man with no teeth and huge overalls came up to us and yelled at us for "messing up his parking". He runs an auction in a building near the lot. We got moving. This highpoint set a record for most old men yelling at you.

By now it was dusk, so we convoyed to Cooper Lake in Delta County and car-camped at the developed campground for the night. Me, I crammed into my rental and slept tolerably well, but I couldn't stretch out.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:620 ft / 188 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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