Ascent of Wilbarger County High Point on 2003-03-18
|Date:||Tuesday, March 18, 2003|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Wilbarger County High Point|
| Elevation:||1470 ft / 448 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom 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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