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

All of my efforts to bag this Kennedy COHP are noted in this one only TR.

VISIT #1 DATED 2011-01-20 ... Unsuccessful .... got only to the Mariposa Ranch Entrance on the north side.

We left Corpus Christi on 44 w to 281 s at town of Alice. At Falfurrias we traveled e on FM2191 following the directions in Scott Surgent's TR of 2001, hoping that conditions today would be different. We turned right (s) 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.

VIIT #2 DATED 2017-02-19 ... unsuccessful .... main entrance once again.

We were in the area so what the heck, perhaps we'd be rewarded by a kindred spirit - wouldn't happen. Gate was wide open, today's guard was less informative than the first - no information, only to say that hunting season ends on Feb 28th, perhaps you can come back then and the guard on duty may help you ????. Suggested (like the first) that permission may not be granted and that for contacts we should look at "www.Mariposa"
I should note that prior to coming here we made an effort to call Dan Sullivan a few times with no results. If there is another visit it will have to be with permission.
My gut feeling is, "I will have to become a big game hunter with a lot of money in order to access this one."???

UPDATE 1 DATED 2017-10-20
The Mariposa Ranch Web Site gave me the contact information for the ranch owner Daniel J Sullivan (
We exchanged emails. Daniel does not allow access during the busy hunting season, but said that he would consider access prior to October. I'm to get back to him with my request.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1 ft / 0 m
    Route:drive to main entrance of ranch
    Trailhead:falfurrias, FM2191 to mariposa road  101 ft / 30 m

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