Ascent of Hansford County High Point on 2016-02-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hansford County High Point
    Elevation:3378 ft / 1029 m

Ascent Trip Report

5+ mile of hiking, in approx. 4 hours with the all the driving ... until such time as the number of candidates high point areas are reduced to 2 areas.

This is our 56th day of our "Texas Winter Trip 2016", with the main goal being the panhandle COHPs. After today we will have 11 more to do.

We need to thank Scott Surgent for his excellent research work and for the time taken for his TR .... to the benefit of us all. This county has 10 candidate high point areas, I've numbered them a la PB and visited them as listed here.
This TR is not a stand alone TR, one must read both of Scott's TR.

After checking out the 10 areas I agree fully with Scott's findings ..... only 3 areas are candidates (1, 8 & 9), the others are not. I would go one step further .... only 2 areas are candidates (1 & 8) and the others should be removed as candidates.

AREA 1 (PT 3378') south of JCT 15/FM 1573, this is one huge flat 3375' contour, the highest of the county, I followed Scott's suggestion here, no way to find "the" HP.

We parked at the northern Junction of Hwy #15/FM 1573 (36.27449,-101.60596), this was my TH.
From this vantage point my sense of level and my eye level both told me that ALL THESE AREAS to the north (3370' contour) are definitely lower in elevation than AREA 1 to the south with a 3375' contour.
I walked AREA 2 & 3. No question this area (at one time) was one contour, split by the hwy construction. There is a bump(36.27575,-101.66784) perhaps 300 yards south of theses 2 area and 40 yards west of the hwy #15 that is not reported by Scott. This bump on the edge of the bluff may not be natural, however it probably is close to 3375' elevation and if natural is a candidate????
From my TH I went thru a latched gate and walked the farm road north to an open gate, then xcountry northerly (crawling under a E-W fence) to AREA 4 (36.28613,-101.60522) about 1 mile from TH, not obvious.
I continued northerly towards AREA 5, however at half-way-point my sense and eye-level told me that this Area 5 and the other Areas to the north (6 & 7) are not higher than Area 4, so I decided to turn around ... waste of effort.
I should note that on-route to these 6 Areas I checked for elevation numerous of time and from different locations ..... always with same result .... these areas are not candidates.

From the above TH we drove south on FM 1573 for 1.7 miles and parked. A small 3375' contour is supposed to be just to the west. This area is all tall grass full of junk parts (truck, tank, steel etc), This area has had some sort of grading and is actually lower in elevation than 3375', not a candidate.

We continued south on FM 1573 for another .7 miles to a right turn on CR S, 1 mile west parked at the Sherman/Hansford Co Line.
I walked the Co Line north .7 miles to the HP in the 3375' contour.

The 3370' contour is at the Co Line on both sides of Hwy #520. This whole area has numerous "Seaboard Farms chicken barns", a very smelly place, you don't want to stick around long. The buildings have been constructed higher than the surrounding land.
The high ground that does exist is south of the road, I stomped the area to my satisfaction.

We moved on to the Hutchinson COHP.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:108 ft / 32 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:visit to 10 areas.
    Trailhead:FM 1573/15/520  3370 ft / 1027 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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