Ascent of Reno Reservoir on 2005-08-01

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Monday, August 1, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reno Reservoir
    Location:USA-District of Columbia
    Elevation:415 ft / 126 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took a day to drive into Washington D.C. and explore its attractions. We were here a year ago, but that day was so humid, we did not bother seeking out the highpoint. Instead, we toured the Smithsonian Museums, which were a million times more fascinating. Beth has been to D.C. hundreds of times. She went to high school and college in Virginia and visited D.C. often. Me, I've only been to D.C. a couple times. We visited the main buildings in and around the capital, plus some of the places Beth liked to explore in the Georgetown area when she was younger.

For this trip, I drove while Beth navigated. we battled traffic to get ourselves onto Nebraska Avenue, a major thoroughfare on the city's west side (NW, say the locals). Nebraska Avenue runs east of Fort Reno Park, and we parked at the far end of a junior high school, below a large tower. Fort Reno is a reservoir and surrounded by fencing. Nevertheless we walked the perimeter and the elevated berms and could clearly see that we were level with the lands inside the fencing.

In my opinion, the north edge of the fencing near 39th Avenue and Fessenden seemed to be the best candidate. The map shows natural 420-foot contours, some outside the fencing. It's probable that the land inside the fencing has been altered, built up or flattened, leaving the natural highpoint to history. A jogger's path helps navigate the perimeter. It's actually a pretty nice area of town. After 20 minutes, we got moving and worked our way back to Georgetown and a nice lunch at an old-time tavern famous for its clientele (and whose name I forget).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:375 ft / 114 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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