Ascent of Bowie County High Point on 2002-11-10

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Bob Martin
Date:Sunday, November 10, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bowie County High Point
    Elevation:490 ft / 149 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thirty miles later, Bob and I arrived at the Bowie County highpoint area, a spot of land located on its western boundary, east of the town of Avery. We found County Road 3355 and turned north onto it, where I parked and rode with Bob. The Bowie County highpoint has a private residence atop it, so we figured it'd be less intimidating if we drove one vehicle up the long driveway, not two.

Taking CR-3355 north, the road turns east and shortly thereafter we turned left onto the first driveway we came to, following it about a quarter-mile to the home. As soon as we stepped out the door, we were on the highest point. But we went around the front anyway and knocked to get permission, but no one was at home. After a quick walk of the area we got back into Bob's truck and returned to the main highway.

There is reason to believe the county line separating Red River and Bowie counties is incorrectly shown on the topographic map. The placement of the sign along the highway seems to indicate the line is a few hundred feet east of where it's shown on the map. If so, then this "highpoint" is inside Red River County. However, no confirmation of whether this change is true has been made.

Until further information is known, I am going by the map and am considering Bowie County's highpoint as visited. My one attempt to contact someone in Bowie County who might know was fruitless, and I have not been able to find the legal description of the county's boundaries, to see if there has been a change. I suspect the guys who put in the signs along the highway probably just put them in slightly east of where they should have.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:485 ft / 147 m

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