Eddy County High Point Trip Report
Date: May 31, 2002
See posted trip reports for directions and route descriptions. High clearance and/or 4WD allows closer
approach and saves at least 3 miles of road walking. Our recommended choice is to walk west on the 4WD
road from the junction just northwest of the word "Camp" on the topo. Go a little more than 0.2 mile, then
strike southwest, and eventually turn south-southwest, then turn due west, to get out onto the 6880-foot
bump/thumb that is almost due east of the saddle north of the highpoint. Cross the drainage, climb to the
saddle, then work the ridge south to the highpoint as best described by John Mitchler.
Cairn is still at the summit, but in a senior moment, I forgot to look for the ledger.
The route used by Mitchler, et al, from the end of the 4WD drive road west of the junction then following
the canyon drainage south and west to just below the summit ridge saddle, also looked appealing, and does
offer some shade. We did this hike on a 100+ degree day, and became very dehydrated on the 800-foot
uphill hike on the return. Take twice as much liquid as you think you need, or better yet, do the hike in cool weather.
We also ignored recommendations to wear gaiters or trousers, and regretted it.
Author: Michael Schwartz