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Ascent of Live Oak County High Point on 2004-01-13

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Live Oak County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:532 ft / 162 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob and I met in the town of George West at the junction of highway US-281 and FM-889. This meeting point put us very near the highpoint areas of Live Oak County.

There are four areas that we needed to visit. They are clumped in pairs of two. We went west on FM-889 to where the pavement ended, then west some more on the hardpack continuation to a highspot in the road straddling the first two areas. The signs all said "Rhodes Ranch", but the whole area seem unused for the time being.

We parked and hiked south into the brush, hopping a gate, then following cow-paths and some pre-entered GPS coordinates, we got to the highpoint without too much trouble (or thorns). This point had some rise to it, so we felt good about reaching it. Hiking out, we beelined back to the road, this time battling the heavy brush all the way back.

There is a smaller area north of the road. We hiked to it and found some old junk lying there. However, this area on the map is so tiny that it statistically has zero chance of being the highest point. Back to our vehicles, we were actually closer to the highpoint of McMullen County, so we detoured west to visit those, then back east to finish off the other pair in Live Oak County.

We then located ourselves near the junctions of US-59 and FM-1369 in the community of Clegg, entering onto an apparently-private road. However, the gate was open and a sign said to drive carefully and keep to the speed limit. A worker in the area saw us enter and he paid us no mind. So we felt okay being here.

We drove this road two miles to the Dos Sombreros Ranch and parked. We hopped a gate, putting us onto a swath of cleared land that seemingly went over the top of one of the highpoint areas. From the vehicles to here covered about a quarter-mile.

The second area was a quarter-mile north, but blocked by thick brush. We hopped a fence and battled our way to this second area as best we could. This portion of the hike was a chore and besides, the area itself was smaller and probably not a likely candidate anyway. We walked out following another cleared path back to Bob's truck. I had parked back on the highway, so we drove back so I could get my vehicle.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:50 ft / 16 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:482 ft / 146 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack



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