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Ascent of San Jacinto County High Point on 2012-01-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:San Jacinto County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:430 ft / 131 m

Ascent Trip Report

I got an early start, the goal today was 4 Counties. From The Woodlands I traveled north on I45 to exit 102 (New Waverly) then east on FM 1375 for .68 miles to a left on hwy #75 followed by an immediate right on Hwy 150 east, 7.64 miles to a left on SH150Loop, .25 miles left on Old Waverly Road, .31 miles right on Old Waverly Cemetery Road, drove east .5 miles and parked the van at the crest of the road with a driveway on the left (north).

AREA 1 ..... the north of the road around the house, a large flat area, no one was home, I walked the area, nothing is obvious here.

AREA 2 ..... I continued east on Old Waverly Cemetery Road .4 miles to the driveway and house #1141. I turned left onto the driveway and drove north 100 yards to the house. The HP is to its rear (north) side.
Peggy Phillips a nice hospitable woman has no problems with highpointers. I walked 150 yards north (past a garage with old cars) to the obvious high ground followed by her 2 friendly dogs (she had 3 others in the house).
The summit is a grassy area (to the west is an old unused barn), I chose my spot in between 2 large trees, GPS 30.53522, -95.34187.

AREA 3 ..... from Area 2 I drove across the road to house #1100 then 100 yards to the house. Bill McCramor has a number of horses with fenced-in corrals.
"You are welcome to look around, just close the gates behind you so the horses won't get out."
The high ground is between his property and his neighbor "Edwards".
I walked around, went into the corral (east of the house) and to the neighbors fence with his 2 super friendly dogs behind me. With all of the animal traffic on both properties all has been pounded down and nothing is too natural. I chose my HP spot right on the fence line, GPS 30.53182, 95.34198.
As I was leaving the corral 2 amazingly-friendly horses came right up to me from the back corral, they sniffed me and let me pat them, I loved it.
Bill suggested I go and talk to 84 year old John Browder at house #1201 just down the road (east of Area 2), "His family settled this area and he knows everything there is to know." A number of roads in the area are named Brower.
I took his advice and I had a long chat with John, his grandfather came here from Alabama in the mid 1800 and settled this area. He told me that this is the highest point between Galveston and Palestine and that his back barn is at elevation 427', we drove back there to check out the area. His barn is below that of my chosen spot for Area 2. While there his nephew drove up from his house further back in the property.
He said to me, "I was wondering why the strange car".
Bill later told me "He looks after me all the time."
I drove him back to his house where he took me around to show me his flowering Camilia trees which only bloom in the winter, the plant is native to China. He has over 100 plants with a number of different colored flowers.
When I told that my wife loves flowers , he said "Well you must bring her a few." , he went around and picked half a dozen different colored blooms.
As I was leaving he said to me, "You must come back with you wife". A real true gentleman.

AREA 4 .....
From John Brower's place I found my way back to hwy 150, then east 7.1 miles to a left on FM 945, 8.76 miles left on Hwy 156, 3.79 miles left on FM 946, 9.01 miles parked my car at a height-of-land with a woods track on the right (east) leading into dense pine woods, an arched entrance to a ranch is just ahead to the left.
I walked east on the track a very short distance to where it bends left (north) and follows a small north-south ridge. I followed the track a few hundred yards looking for the HP then came back and chose my spot at GPS 30.71563, -95.30366, 20 yards east of the track in the dense woods and 75 yards from the road.

From here I moved on to Walker County HP in Huntsville.

"HIKERS DO IT IN THE WOODS."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:70 ft / 22 m
    Elevation Loss:70 ft / 22 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:50 ft / 16 m
    Extra Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:to all 4 areas
    Trailhead:old waverly cemetery rd and FM 946  400 ft / 121 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:50 ft / 16 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:to all 4 areas
    Trailhead:old waverly cemetery rd and FM 946  400 ft / 121 m



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