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Ascent to Kinney County High Point-No Access on 2017-02-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Friday, February 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Kinney County High Point - No Access
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1500 ft / 457 m
    Remaining Elevation:600 ft / 183 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

We went to the Kinney County Appraisal District Office is in Brackettville. Todd, who was aware of the high point area, thought it was Salmon Mountain. He printed out a "Kinney County Peak List" and Salmon was listed at #4 at 1943' elev - #1 was listed as Kinney County HP at 2110' elev.
He gave me the landowners name as per following:
MOODYLIBBIE SHEARN TR,
MOODY BANK,
2302 POST OFFICE ST, STE 300,
GALVESTON, TX 77550.
He believes the Ranch name is "Silver Lake Ranch" and he gave me this phone number "713-664-1215" but doesn't know to whom it belongs-to.

Todd made a few local calls trying to get access information, one guy who sub-leases the land would not grant permission without the owners approval. Todd says that this is a large corporation and getting to the right person won't be easy. He was extremely helpful, our heartfelt thanks.

We decided to check out the access roads.
The southern approach - the topo shows a N-S winding road of sorts heading north to the HP (a straight line of about 14 miles from FM334). Its signed "Nueces River Road".
From Brackettville we picked up FM334 and followed it NE for 21.4 miles to the Uvalde/Kinney County Line. Nueces River Road is 3.4 miles before the county line. We screwed up here and didn't follow/checkout this road, but it looked good (at start) but probably full of gates on-route.

The eastern approach - from the above county line we went east on FM334 another 7.2 miles to the N-S hwy #55, then north on 55 for 8.8 miles to a left turn on the paved CR415. We followed it west for 4.6 miles to the end of the pavement at GPS 29.56282,-100.079 (went 5 unlocked gates). The road here makes a sharp left as a dirt road (signed #2780, Boiling Springs Ranch) and immediately dips to a stream xing. Too deep/rough for our van, had to turn around. It would be approx 5 miles west to the N-S road noted above (gated here), then north perhaps another 5 miles to the HP.

The hike will be mostly on roads followed by a short whack of less than a mile.

UPDATE 2017-11-22
My access request letter to the above noted address (Moody Bank) was answered by the Assistant VP, "........... the Silver Lake Ranch is equally owned by the Libbie Shearn Moody Trust and the Moody Foundation. ............. their policy is to deny all such requests ...........".
I went back to him requesting the name and contact information for the Chief Officer - didn't get an answer. I wanted to plead my case directly to the top guy (it's worked in the past).
For now I have filed this county in the "NOT ACCESSIBLE" category.

NB: DEAR FELLOW COUNTY HIGHPOINTERS
Should you get permission to access this county it would be appreciated if you include me in your party.

"KINNEY COUNTY WAS CREATED IN 1850 AND NAMED FOR AN EARLY SETTLER HENRY LAWRENCE KINNEY. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS IT HAD A POPULATION OF 3,598 WITH THE COUNTY SEAT AT BRACKETTVILLE."





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    Route:no access



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