Clay County Highpoint Trip Report
one area 3 5/8 miles west-northwest of Newport (1,205 ft)
one small area 2 miles west-southwest of Liberty Cemetery (1,200+ ft)
Date: May 30, 2005
Author: Bill Schuler
on Newport and Vashti quadrangles
Driving: From US 287 and TX 59 in Bowie, TX zero odometer. This is a loop trip.
0.0 US 287 and TX 59 go SW on 59
8.2 Clay County line - go straight
11.2 TX 1288 North of Newport - turn right (north) toward Bellevue, TX
11.8 Big Sandy Road - turn left (west) on dirt
15.4 Track to the left - go straight
16.3 Liberty Road - Turn left (west)
16.9 Browning Road - turn left (south)
18.3 Dirt road - turn left (south)
19.4 Vicars Road - turn right (west)
19.7 Ranch - get permission to hike south less than a mile to point 1200+ -
I used GPS to find the high point - back at the car, go right (north) on Watkin Road.
20.8 Browning Road - turn left (west)
21.0 Top of the hill - climb the spot elevation 1205 feet
using GPS to find it if available - reverse auto direction.
23.0 Liberty Road - turn right (east)
23.5 Big Sandy Road - go straight
23.9 Pavement at TX 1288 - turn right (south)
27.9 Big Sandy Road - go straight
28.7 Highway TX 59 - end loop
Note 1: Although you can go directly to Liberty Road from Highway 59, by taking
Big Sandy Road you get a better feel for the lay of the land. My altimeter read
slightly higher on point 1200+ feet than the spot elevation.
Note 2: If you want, you can also climb Jones Peak, BM 1189 feet on the Vashti quad.