Ascent of Houston Mound on 2012-02-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Houston Mound
    Elevation:555 ft / 169 m

Ascent Trip Report

After overnighting at Mission Tejas State Park we drove north on TX21 to Alto, stopping-in at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site on the way. In Alto we drove west on TX294 for 23.6 miles to Slocum and a left turn on FM2022, 5.1 miles south to a right turn on CR1709 (signed CR1709 Houston County, however the Anderson/Houston County Line is actually posted, 10 yards to the south of CR1709 ????).

We used Bill Jacobs TR of 2001 as a source of information.... time has a way of changing things, only one small friendly dog.

We traveled west on CR1709 for .25 miles to the crest-of-the-road .... to the left (Houston County) is what appears to be an abandoned house inside a tall-wooden fence, to the right at one o'clock at perhaps 50 yards (Anderson County) is the actual fenced-in summit of Houston Mound.

Prior to driving to the crest-of-the-road we stopped-in at house #1771 on the right, just before the crest (about 100 yards east of Houston Mound summit), with one only small friendly dog . The bare-chested gentleman was very aware of surroundings, he told us that the road is the County Line,
"I'm in Anderson County and that house (pointing to the south) is in Houston County, I'm told that Sam Houston used to come to this summit to view the country side."

I personally had no way of identifying the exact location of the County Line so I checked out both sides of the road.

Because of the house construction nothing appears to be natural south of the tall-wooden fence, the natural high ground for HOUSTON COUNTY HIGHEST POINT is outside the fence on top of the road embankment .... I chose my spot at GPS 31.57529, -95.40967.

The summit area of fenced-in Houston Mound (in Anderson County) has been worked/cleared of all vegetation. I went to the summit area by crawling under the loose-new fence at the west end of the property (40 yards west of the summit). I chose my spot at GPS 31.57557, -95.41045.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:to one side of CR1709
    Start Trailhead:FM2022/CR1709  535 ft / 163 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:to one side of CR1709
    End Trailhead:FM2022/CR1709  535 ft / 163 m

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