Ascent of Manassas City High Point on 2004-08-03

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Manassas City High Point
    Elevation:320 ft / 97 m

Ascent Trip Report

Manassas is not far from Washington, and its main attraction is the Manassas National Historical Civil War Battlefield. That was the primary goal. We did not get moving until 2 p.m., and within an hour we were in Manassas, battling traffic the entire way.

I had never visited a Civil War site until today, and I enjoyed the experience very much. The docents know the history well, and I learned a lot. We spent three hours here.

Afterwards, we drove into the city of Manassas and visited its highpoint, since it was only five miles from the Battlefield. The highpoint is on and nearby Portner Drive, in a residential area and nearby an "assisted care" facility. It's likely the natural highpoint was graded away long ago, but there was relief discernable to the eye.

The map shows only this area as the highpoint, but an area south near a water tower looks as high. We checked out these areas as well and could make no determination. Going back to Millwood, we had to contend with late-day Washington D. C. traffic along Interstate-66. The highpoint was barely worth the effort, but the Battlefield was thoroughly interesting.
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