Hockley County High Point Trip Report

Date: March 12, 2001
Author: Scott Surgent

Two areas at 3,730 feet mark the Hockley county highpoint, both located about 2 miles SSW of the community of Pep along FM-303. From Pep, proceed south on FM-303 for 2 miles to its intersection with FM-597 coming in from the east (FM-597 coincides with FM-303 for 1 mile, then splits and continues west again farther to the south). At this intersection, turn right (west) onto a decent dirt section-line road past some buildings for about 3/4 of a mile. Park at a slight rise in the road. The larger of the two highpoint regions is just to the north of this road.

My plan was to hike out to the center of this region and sight over to its smaller, northern neighbor to see if it would be necessary to hike that one, too (the southern region is about 10 times the size of the northern region). The field appeared to have old furrows but had not been obviously plowed for a long time. Nevertheless I stayed to its edge for about 600 feet, then hiked by sight to a slightly obvious bump which appeared to be the highpoint. Sighting with my level I concluded the northern region was lower, and also concluded that I was at the highest spot within the southern region.