Ascent to Victoria County High Point-3 Areas on 2011-01-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Victoria County High Point - 3 Areas
    Elevation:225 ft / 68 m
    Remaining Elevation:5 ft / 2 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This County Has 11 candidate high point areas requiring more than one visit - all as per this one only TR revised with each visit. I have numbered the Areas a la PB and visited them in the order listed.

!!!!!!! COUNTY HIGHPOINTERS BEWARE -- SEE MY SECOND DISASTROUS VISIT IN TEXAS (the other was in Dimmit County) !!!!!!!

VISIT #1 DATED 2011-01-25 .... successful at 3 areas (#1, 2 & 3).
After having a late B.O.B. breakfast (a first) at Whataburger in Goliad we traveled north on 183 for 4.2 miles to a right turn on FM 622, at 18 miles turned left on FM 236 and drove north 5.7 miles to John Wayne Trail on left.

AREA 1 ..... drive up, successful.
We turned left on John Wayne and into the first driveway on the left #41 John Wayne. The Highpoint is at the house, no answer, two friendly barking dogs came running from the rear.

AREA 2 ..... xcountry, 300 yards RT. successful
We continued north on FM 236 for .37 miles and turned into a gated driveway on the right, MB #14472. I crawled under the pipe gate and walked xcountry 30 degrees compass about 150 yards to the definite high ground and quickly got out. A farm house is beyond, I erred in not going there first because I'll need to go there for Area 4.

AREA 3 ..... farm road/xcountry, 1 mile RT, successful.
We drove back south on FM 236 .6 miles and turned east on East Albrecht Road, to a gated farm entrance on the left at .75 miles. The farm road leads half a mile northwest to definite high ground, amid open grass and tall vegetation. I had to hop over the fence to walk the road.
A pipe line right-of-way leaves this road nb, looks good and is probably the best route for the areas to the north.

AREA 10 ..... no access, unsuccessful
We continued east on Albrecht to a gated driveway leading to a house #1464 at 1.5 miles from FM 236. No way to go up to the house, tried calling but too far away. The highground is beyond the house at 200-300 yards, amid tall vegetation.

I tried accessing the other points with no luck, this whole area is rolling grazing pasture land with tall vegetation, all properties are fenced-in/gated, unsafe to access without finding/getting permission from the owner. Perhaps another time.

We will spend the rest of the afternoon shopping in Victoria and after overnighting here will move on to Waller County in the morning.


We came back today ready to chance all of the areas. We first went to the driveway for Area 2 & 4 (see above for directions).

I stepped under the gate and walked to the house, 2 friendly dogs greeted me. As I got ready to knock on the door a burly guy came out, before I could open my mouth he said "How did you get here."
"I crawled under the gate."
"Well you get the fuck out of here." he said nostrils fuming.
I tried to apologize only to get him more angry.
"Get the fuck out and do it now. I got a gun here."
I didn't say nothing and quickly started walking back.
"You'd better walk faster." I heard him yelling behind me.
I continued without looking back and I wasn't 50 yards away when I heard a gun shot.
"Holy fuck." I said to myself, I didn't turn around .
When I got back, Rose had heard the gun shot and was outside the van. I played down the incident not wanting to upset her - she's always warning me of something like this.

I never thought for a second that he'd shoot me. I always wonder why people are so angry/defensive about their shit. Anyway no use trying for the other areas if I can't get Area 4.

A few positive notes for this county.
Area 10 - the gate at the entrance has been removed and replaced with a cattle grate, cows were around the house.
Area 11 - can be reached via a gated grass track from the east (no signs), .8 miles north of JCT Albrecht/Lower mission Valley Roads, farm house is across the road.

I HAVE FILED VICTORIA IN THE "NOT ACCESSIBLE" CATEGORY ---- !!!!!! COUNTY HIGHPOINTER BEWARE - however should you have better luck please include me in you party.

NB: My other very worst experience in Texas was at Dimmit County (English Benchmark), see its TR. A guy pointed a gun at me.


Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:visit to 3 areas per my TR
    Start Trailhead:FM 236,  
Descent Statistics
    Route:visit to 3 areas per my TR
    End Trailhead:FM 236,  

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