Ascent of Caddo Peak on 2002-11-11

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Monday, November 11, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Caddo Peak
    Elevation:1065 ft / 324 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are two distinct highpoint areas inside Johnson County. One area is located about 1.5 miles southeast of the town of Cresson along TX-171, in the county's northwest corner. The other area is Caddo Peak, located in the north-central county near the town of Johsua. Both areas have the same elevation, and would both need to be visited.

For the Cresson areas, we passed through Cresson and found County Road 1000 about a mile south along TX-171, just after a bend. We turned left (east) and drove the dirt road to where it crested, about a quarter-mile in. One area was beside the road. A house was visible a few hundred yards south, and a garage with boats was located along the road, where we now stood.

A second area is to the north, about a 500-foot walk along a ranch path. Bob and I walked out to the rise, and found the highest point near a water trough surrounded by scraggly brush. We didn't spend much time here. Back to our vehicles, we aimed for Caddo Peak.

For Caddo Peak, we went southeast along TX-171 through Godley, then east along FM-917 to FM-1902 about 7 miles east of Godley. Caddo Peak is visible, a sharp little bump topped by thick trees and a radio tower. We first went to the north side and inquired at a house along the access road. A woman out with her two kids greeted us. She explained the top was owned by AT&T and could not give us permission. We thanked her and tried a southern approach.

All land surrounding the base of the peak has been built up with homes. We found a road marked by a sign for "Cado Peak" off of FM-1902, and went in, then kept taking left turns wherever possible, going up and up until we were on a residential street on the south flank of the hill. We tried another driveway to a home, and again, were met by a nice lady who couldn't grant us the permission either.

But we got a little lucky: along this road is a wooded patch, not yet built upon. There are no fences nor signs restricting access, and it looked like a short walk up to the top. So we walked in and started up the hill, and met up with a thicket of brush, long vines and thorns. Battling through this mess was slow and tiresome, not to mention bloody. Despite this, we somehow made the top. It would appear that AT&T rarely ever visits the top. It was overgrown and in disrepair, not to mention littered with beer bottles, which suggests the local kids visit the top often.

Bob and I battled our way down, taking 35 minutes to cover the quarter-mile "hike" and 100 feet of gain. We left the area, driving to the city of Crowley just south of Fort Worth. In thick traffic, we bid one another good-bye, Bob on his way home to Arizona while I went north in the dusk and darkness to visit one more highpoint in Denton County. Another strong, successful trip with Bob in which we managed 16 counties together. My thanks to him, as usual!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:945 ft / 288 m
    Route Conditions:

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