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Ascent of Red River County High Point on 2013-01-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, January 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Red River County High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:560 ft / 170 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed Fred Dale's excellent TR of 2002, conditions are all but the same. I am just updating/providing some additional information so one must read Fred.

This turned out to be a longer visit than planned. We had issues in the drive to the HP. The access road CR45850 that Dale refers-to dead-ends at few hundred yards so here is the driving route that we are recommending.

From the Red river/Lamar county line on Hwy 82 we drove west on 82 for 1.9 miles to a right turn on FM1502, 3.2 miles to a right turn on CR45900 at the Red Oak Cemetery (heads east then turns south), .7 miles arrive at the crest of the road, the HP is just to the left (east) in the open grass field. 50 yards ahead on the right is a new house #760 built this summer (we learned this later). This is Lamar County.
The first fence line at the roadside that Fred refers-to is no longer there, the second fence line is at about 125 yards to the east.

I was out of the van getting ready to go out when Jim Irwin drove up from the south in his golf cart.
"Well, I don't mind, but you should be asking for permission to go on someone's land." was the reply.
"I thought it would be OK to just walk the few yards, since there is no fence."
"I removed the fence a number of years back and I'm planning to put it back. Still you just can't walk on people's property without permission."
After this initial cool period, everything warmed up, Jim is extremely friendly .... please do ask for permission.

Jim, 70, owns the property, including land to the east into Red River County, he bought/built in 1969 and worked at Campbell Soup Co in Paris until his retirement. He and his wife live at the house just south of this HP.
He told me that the County Line is this side of the second fence line and that his house is in Lamar and the house to the north in Red River. Also the line of trees south of his house was the old County Road.
After chatting for a long time, we said our goodbyes.

What I describe here is clearly shown on the Satellite Map. We drove south passed Jim's house to where the road turns to the east, at 75 yards to the right is the line of trees that Jim talked about, just next door is house #2607, she confirmed this as the old County Road. As I looked north I could see that the road passes behind Jim's house.

We went back to our parking spot. I walked east to the second fence/checked out the area/lined up the two houses, finally choosing my spot at 80 yards from the road (or 40 yards west of the fence), GPS 33.67652,-95.31084. Nothing is sure.
My spot at the fence was GPS 33.67645,-95.31039.

"DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS."


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Route:walk eb from CR45900
    Trailhead:CR45900  550 ft / 167 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country



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