Ascent of Double Mountains on 2002-03-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Double Mountains
    Elevation:2580 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our story resumes in Glasscock County, about a two-hour drive to the west. Bob drove me back into Big Spring where my truck was getting a flat patched. Once I got my truck back, we met up once again a couple hours later in the town of Aspermont. The day was dry and warm, pushing 90 degrees.

The highpoint of Stonewall County is an actual mountain, believe it or not. It's a mesa that, over the eons, eroded into a pair of nearly-symmetric hills, hence the name "Double Mountains". For this part of Texas, anything with a few dozen feet of prominence is noteworthy. These mountains were veritable giants!

Bob and I drove in Bob's truck, taking a paved route (FM-2211) about 10 miles west and a series of good dirt roads another five or six miles south toward the base of the peaks. From below, we could see radio towers on top and a steep road cut into the side that offered a way to the top.

The road obviously gets use and is in decent shape, but it is very steep, so we decided to hike it. We followed the road as it snaked up the north side, made one switchback, then ended at the buildings on top. In the heat, we went slow, taking our time and watching for the loose pebbles. Nevertheless, it only took a half-hour to hike the mile to the top.

The highpoint is marked by a USGS benchmark at the east end of the top, with two witness markers. A rocky promontory nearby allowed for fantastic views. The land is flat as far as the eye can see, making this isolated range a real anomaly. We ate lunch, then made our way down, arriving back to Bob's truck for a total round trip of slightly over an hour. We drove back into Aspermont, where we parted ways. It had been a fruitful three days of highpoints with Bob, but now he wanted to head toward Dallas while I went north then west toward Lubbock. My thanks to Bob!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:2080 ft / 633 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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