Ascent of Hardeman County High Point on 2003-03-18

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hardeman County High Point
    Elevation:1850 ft / 563 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hardeman County has 10 areas reaching 1,850 feet, with two having spot elevations of 1,852 feet. The ten areas of Hardeman county are located along a county road near the Hardeman-Childress county line. If coming in from Quanah (which is what I did), drive west on US-287 to FM-268, which goes north then west to Hines Road.

Eight of the ten areas are congregated along a ranch road heading west, the junction 2.6 miles north along Hines Road from FM-268. A gate was open, so I drove in and parked about 0.3 mile. Two of the potential highpoint areas are on either side of the road, so I walked both sides for a few minutes. Nothing stood out.

The remaining areas are tiny blips of land farther west near a gravel pit. This suggests the areas may be piles of dirt made when the pit was dug out. I walked to a few since they were easy to visit. However, none (in my opinion) exceed the 1,850-foot contour level by much. I didn't stay long, fearing I might get locked in. A hanging unlocked lock on the gate suggested that the road may normally be gated, and that I was lucky to find it open when I was here. I never saw anyone, though. Nevertheless, I didn't waste time, and I was back to Hines Road quickly.

The remaining two areas, both of which contain an 1,852-foot spot elevation, are in a field to the northeast. I went north on Hines to Lindsey Road, then right a mile to an unmarked, unposted two-track road that goes into a field and comes to a gate. I parked here in soft sand.

I reached the first 1,852-foot area quickly, a small rise of land with native trees and brush on it, surrounded by a tilled field. The other 1,852-foot region was another 0.4 mile southwest. I came to a fence-line which helped me judge the rise and fall of the land. Parts on either side of this fence looked equally high so I checked out both sides. Again, I kept my visit short.

I hustled back to my truck. It was near 4 p.m. and the sun was getting kind of low. While driving the little two-track road, I inadvertently got off the road and sunk about 8 inches into the soft sand. I needed 4-wheel-low to get unstuck. The whole area, including the fields, was very sandy.

I was done with this tier of counties. My next goal was to get as close to Abilene as possible, about 120 miles south. Along the way, I visited one more super-easy county highpoint in Fisher County.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Trailhead:1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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