Ascent of Bowie County High Point on 2012-02-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bowie County High Point
    Elevation:490 ft / 149 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not properly prepared.

We came here armed with a just a PB local satellite map (no topo) and 2 TRs, one of which was David Olson's TR of 2002. As is the case in most of my County Highpointing I give the information on hand a quick look over, to get a feel of the requirement, then on the today of the hike I read the details.
For this County I hadn't read David .... I was expecting a simple drive up so when I read David today he told me otherwise ..... the County Line was not as per Google maps (very correctly I would find out) and that I had to visit 7 Areas ..... we would spend more than 3 hours.

When I first read/studied David's TR, it was very difficult to understand, so I first hand-sketched a map of the area to an approx scale (since I didn't have one), then I approx located David's coordinates (for the 6 Candidate High Point Areas) plus the PB coordinate for a 7th Area, once done it was very clear what I had to do.

Following are David's coordinates in the order listed in his TR.
1) N33,33',49",-W94,44',25" ........... 2) N33,34',05",-W94,44',19"
3) N33,33',01",-W94,44',18" ........... 4) N33,33',51",-W94,44',30"
5) N33,33',31",-94,44',35" ............ 6) N33,33',53",-W94,44',36"
7) N33,33',54",-94,44',39" the PB coordinates.

We approached from the east, from DeKalb we drove west on hwy #82 to the Red River/Bowie Co Line, my GPS at the south side of the road read 33,33',17",-94,44',32". Just west of this Co Line at .25 miles is a paved road to the right .... signed Red River CR3355 and Bowie CR3403. We drove north .56 miles to a jog right then .2 miles to a jog left where the road continues north.

We first went to mailbox "Blackburn, #618,CR3355" (on the right at the first jog) no one home, then to the second house mailbox "#674, CR3355". The lady, who has lived here for 24 years, said that this is Red River Co and that the Co Line is at her east property fence line (her son lives at #618).
We went to her fence at the road, GPS N33,33',44",-W94,44',31" .... note that the W coordinate is same to the one on Hwy 82 (above).
I concluded that I had the Co Line so I proceeded to check out the 7 Areas.

AREA 1 & 4
We continued north on CR3403 to the first house on the right past the second jog, mailbox "#593, CR3403", no one home but I took the liberty to check out the area.
For AREA 1, I hopped the back yard fence to the high ground in pasture land, chose my spot at GPS N33,33',47",-W94,44'25", about 100 yards from the road.
AREA 4 is across the road in a much lower area, no need to go there as this is not a Candidate.

We continued north on CR3403 for .3 miles to a right on CR3401, 100 yards east to where the road turns north, the HP is on the south side of this corner at the big trees/fence line, GPS N33,34',05",-W94,44',21".
The owner of house #4062 on the corner told us that Co officials have told him that this is the HP of Bowie Co., and that the Co Line is just west of CR3403.

AREA 6 & 7
At the first jog of CR3355/CR3403 there is a driveway on the left, mailbox "#804, CR3355", we drove it to the house on the hill. A worker (owner not home) told us that the house was on the Co Line but after questioning backed away, saying he wasn't sure. He allowed me to walk/check out the area.
No question in my mind that both of these Areas are is Red River.

On the drive south to Hwy 82 we stopped at a trailer house (no number) on east side of CR3355 at .25 miles north of 82.
No one home except for a friendly dog, I could see the high ground to the northeast, I walked across a fallow field (rough/wet with some briars) 100 yards to a fence line, crawled through the fence 50 yards to the obvious HP in pasture land, GPS N33,33',31", -W94,44',38".

We returned to the Co Line on 82 and parked 250 yards to the east, this was my TH, the summit is to the south about 400 yards.
I hopped the fence and walked south in rowed mature pine forest with some thorny brush, not difficult. I stomped around for not-too obvious HP, chose my spot at N33,33',00",-W94,44',19".

1) I agree with David, the PB coordinate is not the HP and the Co Line is much further to the east as confirmed by the 2 Co Line GPS reading that I took. The Google map does not match the ground conditions.
2) All of the houses in the area that we talked-to and the addresses on the mailboxes confirm our Co Line location, including the house at Area 7 that David talked-to.

Bowie County has 3 Candidate HP Areas .... 1, 2 & 3 on a 480 foot contour and not 490 as per PB, and if I was to guess Area 2 is the highest.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Extra Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:crosscountry/bushwack to 7 areas
    Trailhead:CR3355/3403, hwy 82  470 ft / 143 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Route:crosscountry/bushwack to 7 areas
    Trailhead:CR3355/3403, hwy 82  470 ft / 143 m

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