Ascent to Couch Mountain-2 Areas on 2012-02-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Couch Mountain - 2 Areas
    Elevation:480 ft / 146 m
    Remaining Elevation:58 ft / 17 m (49% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 3 Candidate High Point Areas for this Co, I was not able to get to Area 1 ... gated with 8 foot fences. I used David Olson's TR of 2001, his directions to Areas 2 & 3 still apply today but not for Area 1 ... progress has a way of taking things away from county highpointers.

AREA 1 ..... not accessible.
In the town of Daingerfield, intersection hwy 49/259, we drove south on 259 (through the village of Lone Star) for 10.2 miles to a right on FM557, 3.73 miles to new steel/brick entrance on the right (mailbox #13386), the house is perhaps 1 mile north, up the road, and from David's notes, very close to the HP. Everything was locked and no-way for me to ask for permission. This whole property is surrounded with a tall 8 foot fence (must be a game farm).
We continued west on FM557 for 1 mile to the southwest corner of the 8 foot fence and parked besides the road, the west property fence line runs at 40 degrees.
I walked this west fence line to check it out, the summit is inside this fence and found no way to get-in .... so I had no choice but to leave it be, one needs to find/contact the owner.

AREA 2 & 3 .... an easy track walk/bushwalk ....6 miles, 35 minutes RT for both Areas.
From Area 1 we drove to Pittsburg where we picked up Hwy 11 and traveled west (through Newsome) for 12.37 miles to a left on CR3518 (Hepsibah Baptist Church on corner), 1.5 miles left on CR3510 at a T-Junction, .43 miles to the Hepsibah Cemetery on the right, parked outside the Cemetery at the rear-right corner, this was my TH.

Just before arriving here we stopped (as we do quite often) to make friends with a beautiful white horse, grazing inside the fence. As we approached he came running and at same time 6 dogs came running down the road, tails wagging, from the near by farm house. We did our best to feed everyone.

From the TH I ignored the good track to the south and followed David's instructions, "....... I walked the eroded track southwest .....".
David's track from the TH is not visible (its clearly shown on the satellite map), I stepped over the broken fence and headed southwest into the woods, picking up the good track at 50 yards. I followed it to a height-of-land at 250 yards from the TH at a Hunter's Chair.
For AREA 2 I stepped left and stomped inside the woods at the obvious high ground, open with some dense thorny spots. I chose my spot at GPS 32.93863, -95.13788, 25 yards from the track.
For AREA 3 I returned/continued on the track southwest 100 yards to a T-Junction with a better track where I turned left and walked 100 yards to the high ground on the wooded ridge straight ahead. There is a fenced-in open pasture to the south. I stepped over the fence to check for high ground but came back and chose my spot just north of the fence, GPS 32.93775, -95.13895.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:track walk/bushwack to areas 2 & 3
    Trailhead:CR3510  470 ft / 143 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:track walk/bushwack to areas 2 & 3
    Trailhead:CR3510  470 ft / 143 m

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