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Ascent of Reno Reservoir on 2011-05-19

Climber: Micah Stiegler

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Reno Reservoir
    Location:USA-District of Columbia
    Elevation:415 ft / 126 m

Ascent Trip Report

While being kind of a trivial & novelty "High Point", Fort Reno is not a high elevation by any stroke of the imagination nor an interesting site to visit with the usual urban construction & graffiti everywhere, the Alice Deal Junior High School nearby, & the constant hum from the looming radio & cell towers, a small bit of accomplishment is due: For the rest of my life, I can say, with honesty & certainty, that I've been "on top" of Washington, D.C.

Multiple parking locations available around the park or along Nebraska Ave, but I choose to park closest to the fort tower itself, at the Alice Deal Junior High School. From there it's a short distance to the park entrance, location marker (marker itself is about the size of a dinner plate & at the top of the hill) & historical information sign.

Because they are still used to store & provide potable drinking water to The District, the fort and tower itself are fenced in & locked up as they are US Government Property controlled by DC WASA in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Aqueduct. (Part of my job is to actually maintain this area and I can verify that the earth and grass covered water reservoir inside is actually at an elevation of 430', slightly higher than the elevation listed in most places.)

Besides the obvious features of being in Tenleytown at the "Top of the Town" & being able to see the whole District & surrounding area, this location was, along with nearby Fort Stevens, the only place that during the US Civil War the fighting got closest to The Capital/Capitol.

But I think the most interesting feature is that most documents/places will list that the top of the Washington Monument, at 555.5 ft (169 m), is the highest elevation that one can obtain in D.C. I beg to differ & here is my evidence: while not as glorious or as famous as the Washington Monument, standing on the same hill that Fort Reno is on (already at 400~430 ft.) is the WJLA-TV(Ch. 7)/WUSA-TV/WETA-TV/WHUT-TV/Sirius XM radio tower, registration #1051670, which is easily 200 ft. taller than the surrounding features. Just something to think about.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Nice Day



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