Ascent of Burleson County High Point on 2013-02-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Burleson County High Point
    Elevation:580 ft / 176 m

Ascent Trip Report

A xcountry eastbound hike on a sandy track ..... 1.5 miles RT.

I used Bill Jacobs' TR of 2002 in my source of information, however I opted for a different route further to the west.

We started in Caldwell, junction hwy#36/21, by driving north on 36 for 1.74 miles to a left turn on the paved CR316, 5.84 miles west turned right on the paved CR310, 1.7 miles north turned left on the paved CR361, 2.2 miles arrived at the west end of CR361 with the Ray and Nancy Mancune residence on the right, a beautiful spot with a pond out front ..... the last .4 miles of this road is a 2 track dirt road, on the way we passed the driveway on the right (at 1.7 miles) that leads to the Howard House where Bill inquired/started his hike.

From the TH I walked northeast 300 yards, along the south side of the Mancune north fence line, to the northeast corner of the Mancune n

Immediately west of the Mancune residence is a sandy track that heads northwest to the HP, this was my planned route. I inquired/met Ray, a friendly helpful individual who purchased the 363 acre property in 1995 and built the house in 2000. I got his permission to walk on his land and I would find out later why I found his answer to be confusing, "You can drive up there if you want, I was up there the other day."
I didn't question this answer, even though I knew it to be wrong. I thanked him and decided to take his advise.

We drove the sandy track northwest .87 miles to the Mancune north fence line, we parked here, this was my TH. On the way here the track goes over a hump with a Hunter's Tower in a mostly open area, which I guessed to be the HP that Ray referred-to (later confirmed by Ray).

From the TH I walked northeast 300 yards, along the south side of the fence line, to the northeast corner of the Mancune property. I crawled under the fence to the north side and continued northeast, along the fence line, 400 yards to a second fence corner with a N-S fence line ...... left (north) is Area 1, straight ahead (northeast) is Area 2.

AREA 1 .... I walked north along the N-S fence line 200 yards to a height-of-land, beyond is pasture land with a corral and feeding station. The fairly obvious HP is to the west of the fence at 15 yards inside the dense brush.

AREA 2 ..... from the second fence corner I crawled under the fence and walked northeast 200+ yards to the high ground, I walked both sides of the fence, nothing obvious. It appears the natural HP to be inside the treed/brush fence line.

When I got back to my TH we decided to have lunch at this beautiful, quiet spot. We were just getting ready to leave when Ray drove up in his Cart .... concerned that we were out so long. We chatted more and I told him of the exact COHP location, "I gave you the wrong information, I was taking about the HP of my property."

AND THAT IS THE BASIS OF ALL HUMAN MORALITY." ............. Winston Churchill

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:300 ft / 90 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:xcountry eb from sandy track N of CR361
    Trailhead:sandy track N of CR361  480 ft / 146 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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