Ascent of Dallas High Point on 2020-12-19

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
Date:Saturday, December 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dallas High Point
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

My wife, Geri, and I were on a trip to Texas to work on visiting every state park in that state. I was not planning to climb any highpoints, but after we visited Cedar Hill State Park I noticed that the highest point in Dallas was just 5 miles away, so I took the time to bag that city's highpoint. I was pulling a 19-foot RV trailer and I did not have enough room on the narrow residential streets to park safely without blocking too much of the road. I found an entrance to a water plant northwest of the highpoint with a locked gate, but it had enough space to park my long rig. I figured there wouldn't be much traffic to a water plant since the gate was locked. At this spot I was only 420 air feet from the highpoint, but it was not possible to walk directly there due to high fences around the water plant, so we walked east on Sorcey Road until we reached a paved alley. We followed the alley south to a 'T' junction where there was a locked gate at the northwest corner of this intersection. It only took 4 minutes to hike here. We were only 25 feet from the official highpoint coordinates at this spot. Past the locked gate I could see a path into the woods and I was able to easily see more than 25 feet. The ground there did not look any higher than where my wife and I were standing. If it was higher it could not have been any higher than an inch or two and I could jump higher than that! I did not feel comfortable jumping the chain linked fence with the locked gate due to the extremely ferocious fenced dogs in very other yard that barked non-stop. I was actually surprised someone didn't call the police to investigate what we were doing. We contented ourselves with a partial circumnavigation around most of the fenced area containing the highpoint. We could not completely circumnavigate the fenced highpoint due to the extremely high fence around the water plant that blocked our path west of the highpoint. A purist would claim I did not successfully "summit" this highpoint and I would agree if I could see elevated ground past the locked gate or a summit cairn. Since I did not see anything that indicated noticeably higher ground 25 feet past the locked gate, I am claiming the Dallas City highpoint as a successful ascent and I would not criticize anyone else who does the same. There is no sense in chancing getting one of your legs ripped off by a vicious animal just so you can pursue a non-traditional recreational activity!
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Road Hike

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