Hansford County High Point Trip Report
Date: June 2002
In 2000, I failed to visit one area well to the south of the concentration of areas comprising this county's HP.
Much to my embarrassment, this final area (3,370-foot contour) is easily visited - FM-520 passes right over it.
So I drove to the area, walked it, looked around. I also revisited a 3,375-foot region about 10 miles N,
hiking up a fence line about 1/2 mile and doing a "toe-under" at the crest (as best could be determined).
So here's the skinny on Hansford: 10 areas spread over 3 maps. The maps are not consistent in contour
intervals, adding to the problem. Northernmost areas dominated by a huge dashed 3,375-foot contour at
junctions of FM-1573 and TX-15, with a spot elevation of 3,378 feet. These are on the "West of Gruver"
USGS map. In the immediate area are a handful of small 3,370-foot contours, some easily visited, some not.
Next two areas are south a bit on the adjacent "Hanna's Draw West" map, which marks every 5-feet, so
includes two 3,375-foot contours. One is extremely tiny and right along FM-1573. The other is 1 mile west
along the county line and easily reached from ranch roads and a hike. The last area (3,370 feet) is spread
over two maps: Hanna's Draw West and Capps Switch Southeast and is cut by FM-520, and is easily visited.
A 3,375-foot contour is shown in neighboring Sherman county.
In my opinion, a good faith claim to Hansford county can be made if one visits the large 3,375-foot dashed
contour in the north. It's probably best to drive this area and get out and walk as needed, stepping on any
areas that seem higher, real or imagined. One also should visit the 3,375-foot area on the Hanna's Draw
West map along the county line. The tiny 3,375-foot region along FM-1573 is optional but easily martinized.
To me, this is adequate. The other areas can be visited as well. Only 2 or 3 tiny 3,370-foot
areas north of the big area are off the road a bit, but by inspection these areas are totally flat and unlikely to
rise more than a foot, much less 8 feet, in order to break the 3,378 threshold.
Author: Scott Surgent