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Ascent of Wilbarger County High Point on 2015-02-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wilbarger County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1470 ft / 448 m

Ascent Trip Report

A farm track hike westbound to 2 areas .... .6 miles, 20 minutes RT.

The plan was to use the approach in Scott Surgent's TR, however the dirt road westbound from FM925 to the Power Lines was too rutted for our van, so we approached from the east at the top of the escarpment .... from FM925 .3 miles north of the dirt road at a sign "Future Dairy Home". On both sides of the parking spot (34.21342,-99.46893) are huge fallow fields.

To the east is the E-W high ground, a sandy wooded ridge with a track on its north side (the south edge of the fallow field). This ridge forms the top of the escarpment.
I walked the track west, then up to the ridge to the obvious 2 candidate high point areas (about 200 yards apart).
AREA #2 (east), 34.21186,-99.47208.
AREA #1 (west), 34.21173,-99.47402.

On the way back out a truck drove in, it was the land owner, Joe Nuckles.
He rolled down his window and before I could say anything,, "I am well aware that this is the HP of the county."
The real nice gentleman had no trouble with me visiting the HP. We had a long chat, he being full of historic information.
His grandparents pioneered the land back in 1888 and over the years has seen a lot of changes to the area, of real interest was the HP ridge. He says that this ridge was not there when he was a young man.
"If you dig under that fence post (pointing to a fence post sticking out of the ridge) you'll find another one under it. According to Joe the high ground ridge was created by the north winds blowing sand across the fields and being stopped by the fence line with brush ... similar to a snow fence along a highway. Over the years it covered the fence, a new one added, vegetation grew, etc.

Also of interest was the government's program to stop the erosion. ... he gets paid an annual 27$/acre to not work his fields, plus he earns another 10$/acre from his hunting business .... hog hunting being the most popular. It goes without saying he doesn't want people on his land during the hunting season.

His great-grandmother made a ceremonial dress for the last great chief of the Comanche Tribe, Quanah Parker, son of the Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Anglo captive Cynthia Anne Parker. The Hardeman County to the west has a town called Quanah.
During our last "Winter Trip 2013" we visited Old Fort Parker in Groesbeck, Limestone County (east of Waco) on February, 2013.

"WILBARGER COUNTY, BORDERING WITH THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, IS NAMED FOR JOSIAH PUGH WILBARGER AND MATHIAS WILBARGER, TWO EARLY SETTLERS OF THE AREA. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 13,535."




Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:15 ft / 4 m
    Total Elevation Loss:15 ft / 4 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:track walk eb
    Start Trailhead:FM925  1455 ft / 443 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Route:track walk eb
    End Trailhead:FM925  1455 ft / 443 m



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