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Ascent of Young County High Point on 2013-01-19

Climber: Ryan Courtney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Young County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1522 ft / 463 m

Ascent Trip Report

Windfarmed.

As such, there are now many more options for road hiking up there. However, I used Bob Martin's tried and true approach through the Bottles & Wheels Ranch. (Thanks also to Scott S. & Bill J. for thoughts via email.) The locked gate is not posted. Nearly 11 years after Bob's report, I found conditions exactly the same. New buildings, old house, friendly horse. I knocked at the house, but peering through the windows convinced me no one had been home in quite some time.

I hiked straight up to the saddle and emerged on a brand new gravel road leading from the Jack cohp to the Young cohp. I started at Jack. There is a turbine at the highest point. Enough natural ground (trees still standing) surrounds the area to lead me to believe not much was lopped off. The Young Co. hp has been spared, barely. The fire tower structure still stands and the road has been cut just below the highest area.

On my driving approach I headed just west of Bottles and Wheels to check out the area and I spied a road heading to the top of the ridge west of Young cohp. I took the ranch approach, but decided to try the descent via that road. When heading west from the fire tower, the gravel road along the ridgeline is gated and on the high side of that gate is the road heading north back to the public road. Lo and behold, when I reached the gate, I found it unlocked. This route avoids the buildings on the ranch (though is likely still their property) and a gutsy individual could even drive toward the ridge. Near the top it is steep and might require 4wd & high clearance. The prudent method is probably just to walk the road. This unlocked gate is also unposted.
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Road Hike



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