People Keep Hiking This Texas Trail To Find A Mysterious 40-Year-Old School Desk
A local treasure.
There are many hidden gems scattered across the state, but some are a lot odder than others. From finding beached yachts in the desert to exploring hidden graffiti parks, Texans are no strangers to finding unique artifacts in weird places. One place that is like no other is this 40-year-old school desk atop Hancock Hill in Alpine, Texas. The desk was transported up the rocky hill decades ago, and still stands with a major amount of memories etched into it.
In 1981, three Sul Ross University students carried a long metal desk up a trail behind the school and the desk has remained there ever since!
Hundreds of students and tourists alike make the trek up the university trail to see the desk and sign their name in the notebook that lies inside of it.
The desk really is a hidden treasure, since there are no trail markings that will lead you to where it stands. There's a trailhead behind Mountainside Dormitory that will lead you up the secret path to where the gem lies.
To get up to the desk, you have to travel up a 1.8 mile-long loop trail that gets a good amount of visitors year-round.
You'll pass by plenty of cacti, greenery, and wildlife on your way up to the beautiful hilltop views.
You might even spot a tree covered in bikes and trikes when you reach the top!
The spot is perfect for those looking for a laugh, a mini-adventure, or just a place to sit and gaze out over the Texas scenery in peace.
This spot in West Texas is truly a representation of the creativity and teamwork skills that so many Texans exude.
If you're ever in the area, you might want to stop by and make sure the desk is still standing. And be sure to leave a little note that you, from wherever you are from, made the journey to Hancock Hill.
Hancock Hill Desk
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX
Why You Need To Go: You can see local Texas history in its most adorable and hilarious form —a desk perched at the top of a near 2-mile trek.