Ascent of Hardeman County High Point on 2015-02-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hardeman County High Point
    Elevation:1850 ft / 563 m

Ascent Trip Report

A xcountry visit to 10 areas .... 3.5 miles, 2:30 hours RT including the driving.

There are 10 Candidate High Point Areas to be visited. I used Scott Surgent's excellent TR, this report only adds a few details/comments. I have numbered the areas according PB.

8 AREAS WEST OF HINES ROAD. .... 2 miles, 1:20 hours RT.
a) The gate for the access road was locked, so Hines Road was my TH.I walked to the areas, which is mostly tall grass with some trees/bushes. I estimated my total trek at just less than 2 miles RT.
b) I agree with Scott that only the 2 largest contours (#5 & 3) are the contenders and the rest are not.
c) The most southern Area #7 is 40 yards south of a house (doesn't appear to have had recent usage). A beautiful open spot for a house, great views in all directions.
d) Area #1, furthest west, is the most obvious area, outstanding location with great views, a hunters stand on a knoll is 300 yards to the southwest. The on-site coordinates were exactly as those of PB.

2 AREAS EAST OF HINES ROAD . .... 1.5 miles, 45 minutes RT.
I decided to use Scott's TH, at .5 miles south of Lindsey Road (at my GPS 34.48465,-99.96464).
a) Area #8 (34.48206,-99.96654) ... can be clearly seen from the TH at .25 miles, across a harvested field to the southwest, on the top ridge with a bunch of trees.
b) Area #9 (34.47745,-99.97385) is .5 miles further southwest at an E-W fence line with brush and trees, I crawled under the fence to get to it.
c)It goes without saying these areas can only be visited in the winter (off growing season).
d)NB: when wet theses roads will extremely muddy and probably impassible, so I've noted an access from the west with approx same easy distance.
From the TH for the 8 Areas above, drive north .3 miles to an ungated track on the right (along the north side of a fence line. Park here and walk east .6 miles to Area #9, from there northeast to Area #8.

We went back to our hotel in Childress.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:xcountry to 10 areas
    Trailhead:Hines Road  1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast

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