Ascent of Jefferson County High Point on 2011-01-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Sunday, January 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jefferson County High Point
    Elevation:49 ft / 14 m

Ascent Trip Report

According to PB this County has 41 Candidate Highpoint Areas ..... yes, 41 !!!!! and to visit them-all will require numerous visits. I will have this-one-only TR, updated accordingly after each visit.
I have numbered the Areas according to PB.

VISIT #1 DATED 2011-01-16 .... short table-like hikes to 7 Areas (#1 to #7) at the northwest end of the County, southwest of Nome ..... 3 1/2 hours of touristy-type excursions.

Our goal today was to visit the 7 seven Areas, at the very west end of the west/east chain of Candidates (south of hwy 90, all off of Farm to Market Road 1009) starting with the furthest north candidate (Area #7).

It was raining lightly as we left Beaumont this morning on hwy 90 west, through the community of China, to a left turn on FM1009 on the western city limits of the community of Nome. We zeroed our odometer and traveled south on FM1009.

M 0.00 ... Corner of hwy 90/FM1009, left southbound.

M 1.12 ... AREA 7 -- paved road on left, the private driveway on the right leads to a farm house with the highpoint behind in the area of the silos, the lady had no problem with me walking the area.

M 1.43 ... AREA 5 & 6 -- turn right at unmarked road intersection, a house at 60 yards on the left amid a huge flat field is Area 5, further up at .4 miles is Area 6 also in a large flat field on left, tramped both areas.

M 1.81 ... AREA 4 -- private driveway on right leads to a house amid a large a flat field, behind/right is Area 4, no one was home, so I took the liberty to go to the rear of the house and walk the table.

M 2.00 ... Made a left onto Nolte Road at a bend and continued south.

M 2.18 ... AREA 3 -- came to an Overhead Power Lines with silos on the right, I walked left 100 yards along the Power Lines to the high ground.

2.37 ... Turned right on Wagley Road and traveled west (short road with 4 houses).

M 2.43 ... AREA 2 -- a private driveway on right leads 40 yards to a house amid Area 2, the guy working outside had no problem with my presence.

M 2.50 ... AREA 1 -- Arrived at left- bend of Wagley Road, a pond is to the right. We parked here, this was my TH for the HP which is to the west. The road dead-ends just ahead at 100 yards with a house. I first went for permission at the house that we just past to the left. The friendly lady knew that this area was the high ground of the County and had no problem with us going to the area.
We left the TH under spitting rain, a track heads due west with the pond on the right (swampy/tall woody area), stayed left at a fork and arrived at a T-Junction at 150 yards where we turned left and at 40 yards made a right turn at another T-Junction. The track continues west (to points unknown) with a slight bend to the right where it enters an open area with dense tall brush. The whole area is flat and impossible to pick "The" Highpoint. After stomping around I chose a spot at 60 yards (from second T-Junction) to the right side of the track by a small tree, my GPS read 30.00674, 94.44333. I tied an orange flag tape to a tree.
The whole hike (250 yards one way) for AREA 1 is on a well maintained track, no bushwacking involved, we backtracked to the TH.

From the Area 1 TH we traveled back to Hwy 90, then west through Houston, where all you see is roads and more roads, to Victoria for the night.

I don't have the means to identify/measure for exact elevations for these tables, so I found today's exercise somewhat-like, "What am I doing here?".


Summary Total Data
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route: areas 1 thru 7, off of farm to market rd FM1009
    Trailhead:FM1009, nome.  
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country

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