Ascent of Sutton County High Point on 2016-02-01

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sutton County High Point
    Elevation:2487 ft / 758 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road/xcountry CCW loop hike to 2 areas ..... 6.5 miles, 3:40 hours loop including all stomping around and data breaks.

This is our 36th day of our TEXAS WINTER TRIP 2016. We are slowly making our way to the Panhandle, who's goal is to the complete its COHPs.

For today's county I basically followed Bob Packard's footsteps in his CCW trip to 2 candidate high point areas. His TR of 2007 is still good and is all one needs.

We found our way to Bob's TH (just before the Jacoby Ranch Entrance) at the locked gated entrance (old fence line) with a 2 track dirt road (30.54528,-100.24978). The distances I provide are estimates only (from the maps).
Rose went to park at a sand quarry 3 miles down the road and returned at our pre-arranged time.

I squeezed under the gate and walked/rushed the dirt road easterly 1.5 miles to a JCT (30.54116,-100.22817). A left here takes you north to a pond and some buildings of sorts, in-fact as I crossed a Power Line few hundred yards before the JCT I could see the pond to my left.

I went left a few hundred yards to an open area, then followed a xcountry line left-of-east 1 mile to AREA 1 (30.54603,-100.21025).

I continued northwest xcountry, staying on the plateau, for 1.5 miles top AREA 2 (30.56407.-100.22423), then southwest 1.8 miles back to TH.

As Bob alludes there is nothing obvious at both contours, one needs to stomp the contours to his satisfaction. The only obstacles are the fences, the xcountry is not difficult except at places there is a lot of rock with poor footing. Once I got off the road I had a leisurely hike.

I got back to the TH before the meeting time so I walked back down the road, Rose showing up a short time later. We went back to the sand quarry for lunch break .... our usual peanut butter and banana.

We moved on to Kimble County.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:road/xcountry to 2 areas
    Trailhead:Baker Road  2287 ft / 697 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack

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