Ascent of King County High Point on 2002-03-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:King County High Point
    Elevation:2250 ft / 685 m

Ascent Trip Report

King County is another peculiarity distinct to Texas: counties that are formed expressly to house one single ranch or landowner. The ranch-landowner can then run the county government as its own personal fiefdom. In this case, the giant 6666 ("Four Sixes") Ranch dominates King County, whose population is about 350 people, the second-least populated county in the country.

The county seat of Guthrie (pop. 160) includes the 6666 headquarters and a smattering of company-owned homes for the ranch workers. It's a clean, tidy town, free of chain establishments. A well-done stone monument to the 6666 Ranch and its long-time foreman, G. P. Humphreys, is located south of town along US-83.

With most of the county's land locked up tight behind fencing, I was fortunate to discover that the county highpoint is accessible via dusty roads in the northwest corner of the county, with no fencing to bar one from running to tag the top of the small hilltop.

From the town of Dumont, I drove a series of dirt roads south about five miles, following the maps carefully, to an unfenced pasture containing the highpoint hill. With waning daylight, I ran from my truck to the top and back in mere minutes. I was back to pavement as darkness fell.
I stayed the night in nearby Matador, my first night indoors in three days. I was ripe and badly in need of a shower.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:2200 ft / 670 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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