Ascent of Galveston County High Point on 2012-01-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Galveston County High Point
    Elevation:40 ft / 12 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy to dense bushwacking .... 1.5 miles, 3 1/2 hours for all 9 Areas

This county has 9 candidate high point Areas and I had to make 2 visits to complete all of the Areas. On the first visit (2010-03-29) I only went to Area 1, today I came back to do the rest. The Areas are listed here in the order that I did them.

From the Brazoria County HP, Damon Mound, I found my way west to Alvin, intersection of Hwy #35 & #6.

AREA 1 ..... drive up, 5 minutes.
In Alvin we picked up Hwy #6 and motored south 3 miles to Algoa in the west end of Galveston County (passing the Brazoria/Galveston County Line on the way).
We made a right turn on Mustang Road, crossed two sets of RR tracks, a short distance to a left on Lilley Road then another left on Fir Road (a fairly new development, sign of the times) ....... I believe the Highpoint is in the middle of the Road in front of the second driveway on the left, however with construction comes changes to the landscape so natural ground needs to be questioned.
We found our way back to the north end of Alvin, and the intersection of the Alvin Bypass and FM528.

AREA 9 .... on the side of the road at 35 yards.
From the Alvin Bypass I traveled northeast on FM 528 for .87 miles to a left turn on Mandale Road (David Wright Construction Co on corner), .43 miles north parked van at corner Mandale/Hollier Roads. HP is to the right (east) at 35 yards in an open 2.6 acre building lot with a "For Sale" sign.
I chose my spot at GPS 29.46642, -95.23023.

AREA 6 .... in the front lawn of a house.
From Area 9 I continued north on Mandale .16 miles and parked the van in front of house #3006 with 2 friendly dogs. The HP is in the front lawn and you'll need to ring the gate bell for permission. I chose my spot at GPS 29.46933, -95.23109.

AREA 5 .... 400 yards of stomping around, 30 minutes.
From Area 6 I continued north to a right on Moore road followed by an immediate left on an unsigned road, at 300 yards the road makes a left then a right at another 100 yards. I parked at this second corner, this was my TH.
This whole area is pretty flat and impossible for me to pick a spot, I stomped the area of my TH plus I walked south, jumped a drainage ditch, and looked for high ground in dense brush at 100 yards and in an open grass field east of a fence.

AREA 4 ... 300 yards of walking around, 30 minutes.
From Area 5 I drove .25 miles north on a private driveway to a lone house near some woods and an exceptionally friendly dog, no one was home. I walked the large grass lawn in front of the house 100 yards to the Northwest corner and a fence line with the neighbor, then north in the dense woods and a pipe line right-of-way at 50 yards. I walked around the flat area and the only evidence of high ground was at about 50 yards east of the fence line on the right-of-way. My spot GPS 29.47868, -95.22967.

AREA 8 .... drive up.
From Area 4 I backtracked to Moore Road then drove east .34 miles to Friendswood Sports park on the right (corner of FM 528 and Moore Road). Numerous sports fields and large flat grassy areas graded and landscaped, nothing natural in my view.

AREA 7 ..... 300 yards, 20 minutes.
From Moore Road I drove north on FM 528 for .43 miles and parked the van under an Overhead Power Line and an Oil Pumping Station on the right. I walked both sides of the road and all is pretty flat to me, impossible to pick a high spot.

AREA 3 .... .4 miles of walking/bushwacking around, 35 minutes.
From Area 7 I drove north on FM 528 for .53 miles to a left on Country Club Drive, then west .6 miles to a gate and I parked the van, a road continues to the right (north). Here again this is flat country and most of the area has some dense thorny woods. I walked back a few hundred yards, then and walked/bushwacked in other directions, nothing of a high spot here.

AREA 2 .... .2 miles of walking/bushwacking around 20 minutes.
From Area 3 I drove north on the small road .2 miles and parked. Here again the conditions are like Area 3, no high spot here.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:32 ft / 9 m
    Extra Gain:15 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:walk/bushwack to 8 areas
    Trailhead:Alvin area off of hwy 6 &FM 528  38 ft / 11 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack

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