Ascent of Hays County High Point on 2012-02-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hays County High Point
    Elevation:1640 ft / 499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy bushwack on a east-west ridge to the 3 Areas ...... 1.25 miles, 1h10 hours RT for all 3 Areas.

PB lists 3 Candidate High Point Areas for this County, all on private land, a short east-west ridge accessible from the south side. We used Bob Martin's TR of 2002 as a source of information.

We approached from Blanco (west), intersection of Hwy 281/FM165, where we drove east on 165 for 8 miles to a right on FM2325, 2.8 miles to a left on Plainview Road, 1.3 miles north to a T-Junction with Montell Road, straight ahead is the ridge with the 3 Candidate High Point Areas ...... things have changed some since Bob's visit of 2002.
We turned left 40 yards to a right onto a gated entrance, #2001 "Treadwell's Big Sky". This driveway climbs to the Area 2 Candidate (the most western Candidate), luckily the gate was open.
We drove the steep concrete driveway .3 miles to the wooded ridge and the outstanding house, clad with local limestone with an impressive location/views.

Tim Treadwell was very friendly, in the hotel business he makes frequent trips to Ottawa, our daughter's hometown. This summer he plans to take his whole family to Quebec City. He had no problem with me looking around, in fact he walked me part way to the Area 2 Candidate, telling me that his next project is to erect a Lookout Tower (taller than the trees) in this area. He built here 6 years ago. He had to go in the house as he was expecting a conference call.

Rose stayed in the van as this was my TH for the 3 Areas.
As noted above the 3 Areas are all on a east-west ridge. The Area 2 Candidate is located northwest of Tim's house at his west property line, Area 1 is to the east of Tim's house at 400 yards and Area 3 is northeast of Area 1 at about 500 yards. There are no fences and very little drop between these Areas, its basically a flat walk. The whole length of the ridge is moderately wooded with a some dense/open stretches and by zig-zagging my way, it made for an easy bushwack. I estimate the distance from Tim's house to Area 1 & 3 at .5 miles. The RT took me 45 minutes. As of this visit all 3 Areas were easily accessible.

AREA 2 ..... 400 yards, 25 minutes RT.
From Tim's house I walked northwest 40 yards to his western property line (the neighbors north-south fence line). I was unsure of the County Line location so I walked this fence line north about 75 yards to a sharp corner, where the other fence left to the southeast. I walked southeast to a gate (GPS 30.12328, -98.26462) and hopped over to stomp the area west side of Tim's property line (small tower here), once satisfied of touching the highground, I returned to Tim's side and chose my spot at the fence GPS 30.12307, -98.26421 (not sure however if this is "The" HP).
I must note that I first went to Tim's neighbor's gate on Montell but the gate was locked, he has a small east-west airstrip beside Montell Road and is an avid aviator ( I got this info from the guy across the road)
From here I went to Area 1 & 3.

The summit is capped with a large/tall industrial building with a number of tall garage doors, the obvious high ground is to its southwest side. It's access is a gated driveway from the south side Montell Road .19 miles east of Plainview Road. Beside the gate is a Power Line swath that climbs to the ridge, an alternate climbing route.

There is an east-west (broken-down at few places) fence line at this location, to its north is pasture land. I stomped the fairly-flat area, nothing obvious, I chose a spot in the center of the area near the fence at GPS 30.12431, -98.25793.
An alternate route to this area is by ascending the southeast ridge from Montell Road, about .7 miles east of Plainview Road. There are no fences along this stretch of the road and from what I could see not at all difficult.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:bushwack on E-W ridge line
    Trailhead:montell road  1620 ft / 493 m
    Route Conditions:

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