Ascent of Reagan County High Point on 2002-03-10

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, March 10, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reagan County High Point
    Elevation:2960 ft / 902 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Upton County, I drove to the town of McCamey, then east along US-67 to scout the Crockett County highpoint for a visit later this week. Back on US-67, I went east through Rankin and towards Big Lake in Reagan County through the tiny settlements of Texon, Santa Rita and Best. In Best, I took Lone Wolf Road south over railroad tracks, then followed it east a tiny distance, then south, west and south again for about six miles to a gated oil-lease road marked with "Kodiak" lease signs, slightly less then a mile south of the last major turn. Here, I parked, left a note in my truck in case anyone came upon it, and started in.

I fast-walked the dirt roads west for 2 miles to the elongated 2,960-foot contour marking Reagan County's high ground. The roads and the map agree perfectly. Joyner Windmill, a large windmill west of the highpoint rise, was visible much of the way and served as an excellent reference point. I walked these roads at a brisk pace, staying on the roads and only going cross country at the end to walk the highpoint region. This I did, in a big looping arc, then I was back on the roads for the equally brisk walk out.

The highlight of the hike was coming upon a large flock of sheep. I looked around but no one was herding them. I was back to my truck after 45 minutes, the walk in reality a slow jog. It was getting late in the day, so I drove to Fort Stockton, where I spent the night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:2860 ft / 871 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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