Ascent of Comanche County High Point on 2003-03-17

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Monday, March 17, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Comanche County High Point
    Elevation:1929 ft / 587 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are three areas in Comanche County that reach 1,920 feet, all on Hog Mountain. One isa large area and a spot elevation of 1,929 feet, and two tiny ones that almost certainly don't get that high. Besides, Bob Martin had been here in the few days before me, had sighted these smaller areas with his level from atop the big area, and showed they were lower. Thus, I sought only this 1,929-foot point.

I drove FM-1689, then local county roads 175 and 177 south and west to a bend in the road north of the highpoint hill. It looked to be a short hike. However, this one proved to be the brushiest, viniest, stickeriest hike of the trip. I parked at the fence along the road, and started up the steep and loose slope, coming to a fence quickly. I found a breach in this fence and wriggled through it. So far, so good ... sort of. I had slipped a few times on the rubbly slopes on the way up, and this was already kind of a nasty hike. But it got worse, fast. There was no clear way to gain the final 40 feet to the mesa top without barrelling directly into a mish-mash of low, dense vines and foliage.

I bashed through waist-high brush, in shorts, encountering sticker vines which sliced my legs effectively. When will I ever learn? But I was successful in gaining the top. Mercifully the brush wasn't as bad on top, and I was able to hike south about 500 feet in intermittently open areas and on game trails. I didn't find anything that looked human-made to mark the top, although I did find a bare rock area with what seemed to be a two-rock cairn. In any case, I spent about 20 minutes walking the top, trying to sense the highpoint and the possible location of the 1,929-foot spot elevation. After awhile, I declared my goal finished, as I had paced the whole area as best as I could.

I hiked back down through the same vines and brush. The hike down was easier because I was lighter by about a few pints of blood. The town of Rising Star down the road had a gas station where I cleaned my wounds. The whole trip covered a mile with about 230 feet of gain in less than an hour.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:230 ft / 70 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:1699 ft / 517 m
    Route Conditions:

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