Ascent of Trinity-Sabine-Neches Triple Divide on 2019-02-28

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, February 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Trinity-Sabine-Neches Triple Divide
    Elevation:651 ft / 198 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is our 2nd hiking day in Texas - our 'Winter Trip 2019" - we took in a bunch of small peaks all as per this TR.

TRINTY-SABINE-NECHES TRIPLE DIVIDE ... a drive up to a house.
From the JCT Hwy #243/19 in the town of Canton we zeroed our odo.
0.0M ... Jct 243/19 motored south on 19.
3.1M ... turned right (east) CR2219
4.6M ... turned right (north) on CR22213, dead ends ahead.
5.3M ... left(west) onto a very sandy ranch driveway before the dead end (I was expecting this driveway to be gated here)
5.6M ... driveway turns right (north) along west side of fence line and bends left to the ranch house.
6.0M ... arrive at house capping the summit, no one home.
Rose and I found it very unusual to find no gates !!!! after all this is Texas - they must be very friendly types.

PURTIS CREEK STATE PARK HIGH POINT ... trail walk nb , 1.6 miles, 40 minutes RT
From the JCT of Hwy TX198/FR316 northwest of the town of Mabank we drove south on 316 (State Park signs point the way) for 6 miles to the signed entrance "Purtis Creek State Park" on the right.
After paying our entry fee of 5$ per person and receiving a trail map, we drove northwest
1 mile to the TH Parking #3.
I walked the very easy flat/wet trails west then north (along the N-S park boundary fence line) .8 miles to the summit (32.36819,-96.00809) - right at the W-E park boundary fence line, ranch buildings immediately north in private property.
I should note that the trail maps don't show all of the trails on the ground, my compass was helpful.
The park offers a number of multi-use land/water activities plus camping.

MELTON ROCK ... an outstanding, must visit rock formation, 300 yds RT.
From the Purtis Creek State Park main entrance on FR316, foregoing, we drove east on 316 to a right turn on FR1861, then 1.9 miles east turned right onto CR2904 which we followed south for 1.5 miles to the crest of the road, parked here. The summit (a huge pile of rocks) is xcountry to the east at 150 yds. An entrance a few hundred yds up the road was locked.
The summit rocks have 3 lit-up crosses, an out-house is to the west, a house-like-building is to the east (didn't go there). A recommended destination.

JENNINGS MOUNTAIN .... a drive up to an historical cemetery.
From the town of Brownsboro, JCT TX31/Ingram Road, we drove south on Ingram for .8 miles to a right on CR3600 which immediately turns left (south) and in another .8 miles comes to a crest, on the left a cemetery road climbs east .25 miles to the Echols Cemetery large parking area.
The HP is straight ahead (north) in the Echols Cemetery and beyond at 100 yds is a tall fenced-in Communication Tower.
An historical plaque is at the cemetery entrance - "Echols Cemetery on Jennings Mountain" , Echols was a large property owner in the area that served the community, the first burial was in 1870.

THRO'OUT THE AGES LONG." ................ chorus fron texas state song "texas, our texas"

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    Route:drive up

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