Ascent of Sullivan Benchmark on 2011-01-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, January 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sullivan Benchmark
    Elevation:100 ft / 30 m

Ascent Trip Report

Unsuccessful .... got only to the Mariposa Ranch Entrance on the north side.

We left Corpus Christi on 44 west to 281 south at town of Alice. At Falfurrias we traveled east on FM2191 following the directions in Scott Surgent's TR of 2001, hoping that conditions today would be different. We turned right (south) on Mariposa (CR225), now a paved road, to the beautiful stone entrance "Mariposa Ranch" where we also had to abort. I agree with Scott that this approach will take you close to the Highpoint area, and is probably the best route, assuming of course one has the permission.

A number of deer were grazing just inside the entrance by the guard office. The guard on duty couldn't help us, I would have to talk to his foreman (who was away for the day), Lucio Sanchez, telephone #361 325 2848(3155) ..... better still the owner of the 45,000 acre Mariposa Ranch who lives in Corpus Christi, Dan Sullivan, telephone #361 813 4980.
The guard told us that he didn't think I'd get the permission. I thanked him, thinking that perhaps I should try to call him before I leave the area. From here we move on to Willacy County.

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Ascent Statistics
    Route:drive to main entrance of ranch
    Trailhead:falfurrias, FM2191 to mariposa road  
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