Ascent of Dunn Benchmark on 2016-02-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, February 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dunn Benchmark
    Elevation:2880 ft / 877 m

Ascent Trip Report

Very easy Xcountry to 7 areas .... 3 miles, 2:20 hours RT.

Its rare in Texas to have Counties with ungated/open entrances to industrialized ranches, such was the case today for the second day in a row. We passed a number of trucks while inside the ranch, among them 2 large tanker trucks. They all waived, except for one, who stopped while I was getting ready at the TH.
"Can I help you."
"I hope so, I was just going to hike up to that ridge (pointing to it) to visit the county high point."
He was not aware that his area was home to the COHP, I told him about the Dunn BM.
"No problem, I was just checking." ... real nice guy.

This county has 7 candidate high point areas. We drove in from the south on a ranch road that brought us just south of the 4 most southern areas. I have numbered the areas a la PB and visited them as listed here.

From I-20 exit 49 (east of Pecos) we drove north on FM516, through the town of Barstow, for 3.6 miles to a right turn on FM2355, then 6 miles northeast turned left onto Ranch Road #2355G, a number of signs "Cowboy Country Ranches", "Anadarka", "Energen" (31.54596,-103.34197) ... an open/ungated dirt road (heavily used) We zeroed our odo.
0.0M ... left FM2355 northwest on Ranch Road
0.4M ... turned right (northeast)
1.5M ... turned left (northwest)
3.0M ... 4-way JCT turned right (northeast) 31.57618,-103.35602.
3.9M ... road bends north
5.8M ... road bends left (west) 31.61226,-103.35526.
6.4M ... road bends right and continues northwest making a left/right/left jogs. At the second left jog it crosses a cattle guard. We parked immediately after, 31.61823,-103.37538. This was my TH, the 4 most southern areas are to the northwest at half a mile.

I went northwest xcountry 1/2 mile to the very flat plateau, stomped the area, no way to find "the" spot for the respective areas.
At AREA 4 (31.62271,-10337914) I found a 3' high wooden stake and a steel road, to the east is a 4' square concrete pad ( a well of sorts), built a cairn.
At AREA 2 (31.62248,-103.38089) I found the same type wooden stake on ground, I erected it with a small cairn.

From the southern areas I went To AREA 1. A straight line west involves dropping down to a low area, so I stayed right (north) then arced southwest, picking up an old track that took me directly to the BM embedded in rock "USGS, 1969, 1960, DUNN FT" with the Witness Post Survey Marker (which I saw from a good distance as I approached). This BM, about 3/4 miles from the southern areas, is at 31.62305,-103.38920).
There is a wooden stake 50 yards east of the BM, I added to the cairn .... probably "the" HP.

From Area 1 I walked a northeast line (track and xcountry) to the 2 northern AREAS 6 & 7, using a bunch of tanks in the distance as my reference point (abt 1 mile). The oil well platform and roads has disturbed both of these contours, not much natural here, I walked both contours and called it good.

I shot-cutted my return, picking up a track running south to the TH, abt 3/4 mile.

We got out of there with no problems.
I've Loving COHP to do before we move north to the panhandle, stopping in at Lubbock to visit out grandson Brice at Texas Tech.

I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO GET ON THE TRAIL AGAIN." ............ play on willie.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:visit to 7 areas
    Trailhead:Ranch Road  2800 ft / 853 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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