Ascent of Wilbarger County High Point on 2003-03-18

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wilbarger County High Point
    Elevation:1470 ft / 448 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Vernon, I headed west until I passed into Wilbarger County. Just west of the Wilbarger-Hardeman county line (and about 2 miles east of the town of Chillicothe), I turned south onto FM-925 and followed it south. At the second bend, less than 3 miles from US-287, I turned right (west) onto a dirt road. I drove in a few hundred feet and parked underneath a power line.

The hike is short, as the highpoints (2 small areas) are a few hundred feet back behind brush and who-knows-what. I entered the low brush, using game paths to wend through it, then just as quickly I came into a small field. The first highpoint area was to the right and was marked by a hunter's stand. There is a dirt road that leads over this area. I could not tell whether the small hill on which the stand sat was natural, but I hiked to it anyway. Another, more "natural" area, was nearby, slightly offset from the road.

The second area was easily reached by hiking back into the field, then up a small thicket of dog-hair trees with mercifully light underbrush, but lots of leaves. Some humps of land mark the top. If the hunter's stand in the first area sits on a natural hill, then that point is almost certainly the highpoint. Otherwise the two areas are too close to call. There were no gates, fences nor restrictive signs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Trailhead:1440 ft / 438 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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