Ascent of Antelope Hills on 2002-05-28

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Antelope Hills
    Elevation:2604 ft / 793 m

Ascent Trip Report

I still had about two hours of good daylight left. The next highpoint, a pair of mesas in Roger Mills County, would take some actual work and also require a fairly long detour off the main roads. I arrived in the area around 5 p.m. after following a bunch of local roads near the Canadian River. Two mesas vie for top honors in Roger Mills county: one has a spot elevation of 2,604 feet and the other has a single 2,600-foot contour. Both areas are on separate mesas so to count Roger Mills county, I had to do two separate hikes.

I chose to hike the 2,600-foot area on the northern mesa first. I parked at a pullout on its northeast side and hiked steeply up an old and very faint trail, then gained the top through a break in the mesa caprock. Once on top I paced the length and breadth of this tiny summit and sighted south to the other highpoint area, but could make no determination as to whether I was higher here, or if the southern mesa was higher. I retraced my steps and returned to my truck.

For the southern mesa, I drove south about a half-mile and parked along the road, then hiked directly up the east side of the mesa, gaining the top through a jumble of rocks on the mesa's easternmost point. While it looked steep and possibly slightly technical, I never needed to use my hands. Once on top, it was another 300 feet of walking west through juniper and tall grass toward the obvious top, where a benchmark post marked the highpoint.

Sighting to the northern mesa was inconclusive. I quickly retraced my steps and made sure to avoid snakes as I hiked out in the tall grass to my truck. The two hikes together took about 1 hour of hiking time, covered about a mile and cumulatively gained about 400 feet of elevation. There were great views were in all directions, with the setting sun providing long shadows.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Trailhead:2204 ft / 671 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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