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Ascent of Cameron County High Point on 2011-01-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, January 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cameron County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:69 ft / 21 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are 3 "iffy" candidate high point areas for this county, and it will take more than one visit to complete, all as per this one only TR (revised after each visit). I've numbered them a la PB.
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VISIT #1 DATED 2011-01-21 -- successful at Area 1 only ..... a short westbound hike on a dirt track ....... 500 yards, 15 minutes RT.

From the town of Mercedes we found our way east to the intersection of I83/FM2556 and drove south 5 miles to a right turn on 281, then east .4 miles to a right turn on River Road. We traveled south 1 mile mile and parked the car ...... on the right is a Communication Tower and a dirt track heading due west along the south end of a sugar cane field. This was my TH.

I walked west on the dirt track 200+ yards to the southwest corner of the sugar cane field where I turned right (north) to the highpoint area at 30 yards. I picked a spot by a large tree, 15 yards west of the sugar cane, my GPS read 26.06307, 97.84583. The PB coordinates puts the spot at the edge of the sugar cane at a lower elevation.

From this Area 1 we drove continued east on 281 to a right turn on Cobarrubius Road, a rutted 4x4 dirt road (not recommended). We drove south 1.1 miles to the top of a high moat, the Rio Grande a short distance away. The other 2 Areas are located next to the Rio Grande.
We all know the problem associated with this Rio so there was no way that I would go any further, in fact I went too far as it was, I was expecting to be stopped by the Border Patrol ..... this area is full of Border Patrol cars. I may come back for a 2nd time ?????

We will spend the next 2 days visiting the South Padre Island/Brownsville/McAllen area before starting our eastern-trip around the Gulf, on the way to the Florida Coast.
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"FAILURES AND HARDSHIPS IS WHAT WE REMEMBER MOST."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4 ft / 2 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4 ft / 2 m
    Route:dirt track wb from river road
    Trailhead:east of mercedes/281  65 ft / 19 m
Descent Statistics



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