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Ascent to Terrell County High Point-No Access on 2017-02-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Terrell County High Point - No Access
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:3200 ft / 975 m
    Remaining Elevation:565 ft / 172 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

After 2 visits I've put this in the "NOT ACCESSIBLE CATEGORY"


VISIT #1 DATED 2017-02-08 ... no access
This first visit was a touristy/scouting trip of sorts with the hopes of getting it done using Bob Packard's route in his TR of 2005. - it wouldn't happen. I just didn't like the idea of trespassing (I have to be in a "risky-frame-of-mind").

There are 2 approaches from the south ;
1) Hwy #90 at the Nine Mile Road (2.4 miles east of the Pecos/Terrell County Line) signed "Lone Star Land Steward, Longfellow Ranch sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife", no restrictive signs, or
2) The Eight Mile Road, Bob's start (1 mile further east of Nine Mile Road on hwy #90). signed "Octavia Downie Smith" plus a bunch of other names, and "No Trespassing".
My preference at this point seems to be the Nine Mile Road, perhaps a total route of 9 miles, most of which could be (??) driven.

We went to the Terrell County Appraisal District office in Sanderson (located at the south end of the high school building). Unfortunately the Chief Appraiser was away for a few days and the clerks were not able to help us, "We just moved in these new offices and only he knows where things are.". They were very nice and provided me with his contact information.
BLAIN CHRIESMAN, CHIEF APPRAISER,
TERRELL COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT,
email; bchriesm@terrell.esc18.net
telephone 432-345-2251.

I will follow up on this should we make a return trip next year. Hopefully I will be as lucky as reported by Scott Surgent in his TR of 2002.

UPDATE 2018-02-16.
Last year I made a huge effort contacting all of my outstanding 23 TX COHPs - Terrell being among them.
My email to Terrell County Chief Appraiser was answered with the mailing address of the Ranch Owner and the name and general phone number of a VP in the organization.
Longfellow Ranch Partners, LP.
PO Box 1989
Addison, TX 75001.
Phone 972-590-9900.
Also the Chief Appraiser informed me " …………. The Longfellow Ranch 9 Mile Road entrance you refer to may be quite difficult to access because there is a government/military special operations training facility located behind that particular gate and I am told that there is absolutely no civilian access beyond that gate. They do not even let UPS and FedEx enter that gate. The on-site personnel meet them at the gate with their packages. …….."
A letter I sent to the Ranch VP was not answered. After a number of calls to 972-590-9900 I got a secretary informing me the Ranch VP I asked for no longer works there. She transferred me to an answering machine for another guy - no answer. I didn't pursue this further. Perhaps another time.
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VISIT #2 DATED 2019-03-10 .... no access
We were driving-by on the way to Presidio COHP so why not stop-in - the plan was Bob Packard's route.
We went to the 8 Mile Road Entrance and found the gate only latched so I walked up to the Ranch House. I saw Chad reach in his truck as I walked up - I later noted that he had a pair of binoculars and a small gun in his hands.
After the niceties he told me, "If you walked up to a ranch further south like you did here, you'd probably get shot." Nice guy, I told him that the gate was not locked, he sort of nodded.
Anyway he called for the owner "Tina" and I knew as I made my pitch to her what the answer would be. She said she wasn't the owner !!!! opposite of what Chad said.
I asked her for the owner's name and address, "I can't do that, besides there are a bunch of ranches to deal with."
Typical of life - its been my experience that in these situations the easiest way out is to say "No" - hard to find a kindred spirit.

Anyway another county filed in the "NOT ACCESSIBLE CATEGORY", and as of now, I'm not coming back, but as Yogi Berra says "IT AIN'T OVER TIL ITS OVER".



"TERRELL COUNTY IS NAMED FOR ALEXANDER W TERRELL, A TEXAS STATE SENATOR. AS OF THE 2010 CENSUS ITS POPULATION WAS 984, MAKING IT THE EIGHTH-LEAST POPULOUS COUNTY IN TEXAS AND THE 37TH LEAST-POPULOUS COUNTY IN THE NATION.
IT IS THE SETTING FOR THE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MOVIE "no country for old men"."
Summary Total Data
    Route:no access
    Trailhead:hwy #90  -9999 ft / -3047 m



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