Ascent of Ellis County High Point on 2002-05-28

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ellis County High Point
    Elevation:2584 ft / 787 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day was well into sunset. However, Ellis County's highpoints looked easy. I willed myself for one more before finding a place to stay for the night.

There are two spots I'd need to visit. One is where US-60 goes over some railroad tracks, about a mile east of the Texas state line. I parked, got out and that was that. The construction of the overpass made finding any natural ground impossible.

The other area(s) are along the berms that line the railroad tracks, about a quarter-mile south of US-60. I parked and walked in about a half-mile along the tracks. My goal was where there is apparently a USGS Benchmark along one of the berms. I found it, but its concrete base was exposed and likely to fall in the future.

I didn't linger here. Hiking along railroad tracks is very creepy for some reason. I hustled back out, but ran up a couple other berms whenever it seemed right, to ensure I had not missed anything.

I stayed the night in Shattuck, about two miles to the north. I could smell myself a mile away.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:2564 ft / 781 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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