Ascent of Atascosa County High Point on 2016-05-16

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Atascosa County High Point
    Elevation:810 ft / 246 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following my successful ascent of Military Working Dog Teams National Monument High Point, I made my way to Atascosa County in pursuit of another peakbagging gem of the Lone Star state. As I arrived at the corner of Benton City Rd and McConnel Rd, the home owner from the property directly adjacent to the south of the high point was headed down his driveway. I made sure to put my cell phone up to my face to make it look like I was pulled over to safely text, not stealth a high point. He gave me the “Whatchyou doin’ here boy?” look. Ahhh, Texas… As soon as he was out of sight, I made a rapid approach to the dirt driveway heading due east from McConnel Rd towards the high point. The land is now some ranch, though the standard 4 favorite words of any Texas county high point land owner are missing: Private Property No Trespassing. Due to the lack of signage, I headed east (not that a sign would stop me). Naturally, the owner of the property that you walk right past just to the south of the high point owns two “puntable” yapper dogs. Hooray! I was of course wearing my red shirt as my green shirt smelled worse from the weekend in Big Bend and I have not yet done laundry… I got away from the dogs and made my way into the woods. The high ground is pretty obvious, which is nice. The flowers were in bloom, so the ground was covered in mostly yellow with some red mixed in – very beautiful! The pictures don’t do it justice. As I retreated to McConnel Rd, a different truck had arrived at the house to the south. The driver was rummaging around in a shed 15 feet from me as I walked past, but he did not come out to see what the dogs were fussing at – whew! I did not look back as I hauled ass towards the road without looking too guilty. I ducked under the gate again and made my way to the car. The guy in the shed never came out or noticed me at all. Close call… I could have BS’d my way out of it I am sure. I wasn’t on his land, just the adjacent land… Good luck with this one – you walk right past an inhabited house that is set well back from the main road! Onward to Texas BBQ dinner.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:West Slopes
    Start Trailhead:730 ft / 222 m
Descent Statistics

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