Ascent of Dallam County High Point on 2002-05-26

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, May 26, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dallam County High Point
    Elevation:4780 ft / 1456 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was on a week-long trip through New Mexico, Oklahoma and later, Colorado and Utah. Yesterday I had driven the long distance from my home, all the way into northeast New Mexico, where earlier today I had hiked Sierra Grande, in Union County (NM). It was an easy short drive into Clayton, then across the state line into Texas, entering at the scraggly oil town of Texline.

The Dallam County highpoint is north of Texline about four miles, following Shamburger Road (a graded dirt road) to a point just east of the highpoint. The land up here is rolling plains country, with the hills somewhat obvious to the eye. The highpoint itself is a simple rise about three-quarters of a mile west of Shamburger Road, in a fallow field used for grazing. Today, I saw nothing: no people, no critters and most importantly, no signs against trespassing.

I hopped the fence and jog-walked to the highpoint, walking across its top in a few directions until I was satisfied I had visited it properly. Then I jog-walked back to my truck, a total time gone of about 45 minutes. At some point a vehicle drove up and stopped, the people watching me, wondering what I was up to. But they didn't linger, and once I was back to my truck, was on my way south. So far today, things were going well. Next up, Potter County (and some thunderstorms)...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Trailhead:4720 ft / 1438 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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