Winkler County High Point Trip Report
Date: March 11, 2001
We took a 2 mile detour to Notrees and back toward the Ector county highpoint to cross the fence. Then
we headed north a few miles to a point just off the quad, where a major dirt lane heads west to Winkler
HP. Unfortunately, this excellent dirt road is blocked by a locked gate, so we followed the aqueduct
shown on the topo map to reach spot elevation 3361, where we were stopped by fences. From here it is
nearly a 3 mile hike along a good road to the HP areas.
The terrain is pool-table flat on the mesa top, so we paced off a distance and bearing from the slight bend
the aqueduct makes at spot 3396. A GPS reading of 102:51:663 by 31:59:455 was made at the north area,
and then we hiked to the south area at 102:51:500 by 31:58:824. On the way south we passed a small
structure on the aqueduct that generated lots of noxious sulfuric acid fumes. We judged the southern area
to be a bit lower than the northern by sight level, but we built a cairn down there anyway, though it was
hard to find much in the way of rocks. Left a register and started the long hike back. Occasionally there
are some views off mesa to the south - not bad for country like this. Saw some deer on the way. Maybe
they get water from the stock tanks. I wonder how folks got water in this country long ago before wells
were drilled - maybe they stuck close to the Pecos River. The terraserver.com air photos were semi-useful
on Winkler county, and a GPS unit will be handy.
We drove back to where I had left my car, where I hopped the fence and sprinted over to where it was
parked. Shortly after my arrival a sheriff and a local showed up. After some list-waving, fast-talking, and
bullet-dancing, I was advised to exit the premises in the same direction and manner my compadres had
taken (actually, both men were very friendly). The local did remark that the first peak on the TX list,
namely Guadalupe, was certainly more interesting than the Ector county HP, to which I heartily agreed.
In any event, not sure we can give Winkler and Ector counties a clean bill of health when it comes to
access. If one is looking for permission, Notrees is a good place to start.
Author: Andy Martin