Ascent of Elam Benchmark on 2002-05-29

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Elam Benchmark
    Elevation:3770 ft / 1149 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came up from the state of Texas and drove into Guymon, the county seat of Texas county, Oklahoma. While in Guymon, I found an auto-parts store and got a new air-filter for my truck, which badly needed one after all the dirt roads I'd been driving.

From Guymon, I drove 60 miles to Elkhart, Kansas, which actually sits close to the Texas County highpoint. From Elkhart, I went southwest on US-56 for 4 miles to County Road 4, and another mile due west on CR-4 to a rise on the road, where I parked. Sitting incongruously on this road was an abandoned ice-cream truck, for some reason.

I hiked to the benchmark through knee-high grass clumps. The benchmark witness post stood out above the grass and made for something to aim for. I just walked to it, whapping the grass with my trekking pole to scare off the snakes. The benchmark was gone, a hole where it once sat now occupied the space. Nevertheless, it was pretty apparent I'd found the highest area, even in this flattish land. The hike took about 20 minutes, covered about a half-mile and about 20 feet of gain. Not too bad for these here parts.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:3740 ft / 1139 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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