Ascent of Dawson County High Point on 2001-03-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, March 13, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dawson County High Point
    Elevation:3220 ft / 981 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove into Gaines County, placing myself west of the Dawson County highpoint, then spent time figuring out how to get to the target. A dirt road coming off of FM-1066 seemed promising but it was gated at the highway. Instead, inside Gaines County I took another road (Gaines CR-151) south for 1.5 miles, then went left again (east) onto a soft-sand road marked by "Goodrich Petroleum" signs. I stayed on this road for 1.7 miles, coming to an unlocked and unposted gate. I parked here and walked to the highpoint, a half-mile east. This I did, but when I got near the highpoint, there were a lot of cattle milling around, including a bull staring me down, and I didn't feel comfortable walking amidst them. I returned to the truck.

I figured I'd take my chances driving in, and I did, getting to within 50 feet of the highpoint, which is a smattering of little sand dunes covered in scrub. The cattle were still there, but my walk to the highpoint was short, and they caused me no trouble. I drove out and got back onto the main highway. Another easy highpoint was awaiting me down in Martin County.

My hiking figures include the walk I took where I had to return to my truck. I spent about an hour futzing around at this highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:3170 ft / 966 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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