Ascent of Cochran County High Point on 2001-03-12

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Monday, March 12, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cochran County High Point
    Elevation:4010 ft / 1222 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Bledsoe Bluffs are a set of scrub-covered sand dunes located on Cochran County's western border with New Mexico. Bledsoe Benchmark is located within these hills, but any one of about 10 little dune "summits" could be the highpoint. I parked at a pullout off FM-2182 directly on the Texas-New Mexico state line.

From the pullout, I walked north along a sandy road to a gate that had no signs against access, which was promising. I hopped it, then walked alongside a north-south fence on the state line. I tripped once on a pile of barbed wire hidden in the brush. Otherwise, I remained upright. The continuation of the sandy ranch road was muddy with big pools of standing water.

Once abeam of the dunes, I walked over to the highest one and using my sight-level, looked at the others nearby. In doing so, I determined two or three other little dune-tops to be equal to or higher than my position, so I went and stepped on these, too. I back-sighted to the other dunes and felt pretty good I visited the highpoint, on any one of the three or four dune-tops I visited. The whole journey lasted 40 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:3980 ft / 1213 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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