Ascent of Ellis County High Point on 2002-11-11

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Monday, November 11, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ellis County High Point
    Elevation:898 ft / 273 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bob and I exited US-67 at Ward Road and went south through an enormous factory complex. It was the plant for Texas Industries, which manufactures steel, concrete and other building materials. Bob and I convoyed through all this, then continued to past where the road lost its pavement, making a left turn at the only main junction we came upon.

About 2 miles south of the plants, the road rises toward a radio tower. We parked here and breached the ricketty fencing, walking toward the USGS witness post for the Eskridge benchmark, about 50 feet from the road. We toured the small building complex and walked the perimeter, then came back to our vehicles.

The second area is a ridge to the east about a quarter-mile. We walked the road, then hopped a fence and followed cow paths through a thicket of trees before breaching another fence and walking up toward the ridge top, breaching a third fence on the way up.

We found an obvious mound and walked to it, but didn't spend a lot of time. To the east and south were nice ranch homes. To our north was a large quarry supplying the Texas Industries plant. We could hear beeping work trucks off in the distance.

Walking back to our vehicles, we were met by two dogs running along the road, barking at us furiously. I squatted on the other side of the fence to calm them, and they seemed to cool down. Then I hopped over, and helped Bob over, meanwhile listening to the intermittent barking directed our way. As we walked back to our vehicles, the dogs followed us and even got kind of friendly, running around playfully. Probably local strays. They did not hassle us anymore, but I felt kind of bad leaving them behind. This highpoint set a record for most barking dogs.

Our total time here was about 45 minutes. Now, it was a 50-mile drive to the Somervell County highpoints, which we ultimately did not get, then onto Hood County and its highpoint at Comanche Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:798 ft / 243 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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