Ascent of Ellis County High Point on 2016-02-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, February 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ellis County High Point
    Elevation:2584 ft / 787 m

Ascent Trip Report

Xcountry walk to 4 areas .... 1+ mile, 45 minutes RT.

I used Dave and Beckie Covill, John Michler TR which still applies. My TR just adds a few findings and observations, it is not a stand alone TR one must read the Covill/Michler TR.

1) From AREA 1 I could see the Witness Post Survey Marker to the south at AREA 2 (across the pasture land).

2) I first walked the north side RR Track embankment eastbound to ensure the high ground of AREA 4 and 3. Then crossed over to the south side and AREA 2 at the "Witness Post Survey Marker" and the BM embedded in a concrete pedestal "USGS SANTA 2, 1963". (36.13305,-99.98112) . The "Witness Post Survey Marker" was visible all the time while in the area.
I should note that the vertical sandy slope north of the BM is badly eroded, it's matter of time before it will slide down to the Tracks.
Also one needs to question whether the embankment is natural. Where did all the dirt go from the RR Track excavation? ... all to the overpass construction???. Even if this was the case, there is no way that a major excavation of this kind would not disturb the embankment .... it probably was graded to its present shape.
What blows my argument out of the water however is the existence of the BM ?????. Was it put there before or after the Railroad.

I should note that this is one busy Railroad ... 3 trains went by during our short stay.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:54 ft / 15 m
    Extra Gain:15 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:visit to 4 areas
    Trailhead:Hwy #60/NS169  2560 ft / 780 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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