Ascent of McMullen County High Point on 2001-11-11

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Sunday, November 11, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McMullen County High Point
    Elevation:680 ft / 207 m

Ascent Trip Report

McMullen County's highpoint is amid a set of oil storage buildings on its southern boundary, a few miles south of the community of Loma Alta along a dirt road. A total of five miles of driving from Loma Alta put me at a bend in the road near the three storage tanks. The southernmost tank was just across the county line in Duval County.

I worked my way around a gate and hiked up the road to top out on the broad hilltop. Going by sight I walked south toward the tanks and walked around them. One area near a small building has a 680-foot contour, but it didn't look like much. Some man-made berms designed to catch the oil if the tanks should fail were obviously higher than anything else, but seeking out a natural highspot proved to be challenging. I walked around, then out toward some small piles of rock near a gravel pit. These little bumps had mature brush growing on them, and I decided to call it good after a few minutes, hiking by line-of-sight back to my car.

What an ugly area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:640 ft / 195 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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