Ascent of Jefferson County High Point on 2011-01-16
|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 ReportAccording 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 hwy 90
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 went to the back and walked the table.
M 2.00 -- make a left onto Nolte Road at a bend and continue south.
M 2.18 (AREA 3) -- come to overhead power lines with silos on the right, I tramped to Area 3 100 yards to the left under the power lines.
M 2.37 -- turn right on Wagley Road and travel west (short road with 4 houses).
M 2.43 (AREA 2) -- 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) -- arrive at bend of Wagley Road, the last house is 100 yards to the left. I give details for this Area 1 as per below.
We parked our car on the right side of Wagley Road, beside a pond, this was our TH for AREA 1, which is due west of here. 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 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. 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 the tree.
The whole hike (250 yards one way) for AREA 1 is on a well maintained track, no bushwacking involved.
We returned to the TH and drove 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 exact elevations for these tables, so I found the exercise of going to these 7 areas somewhat-like "What am I doing here?".
"FIND YOUR JOY, AND ..... SHARE IT WITH OTHERS."
|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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