District of Columbia Highpoint Trip Report
Fort Reno Reservoir (420+ ft)
Date: October 29, 2005
Author: Don Desrosiers
I had been to this one about 10 years ago with my friend Hank and my two daughters.
Like Dan Case, we also found what was, in the words of my eldest daughter,
"The world's biggest mulch pile!" Today I parked near the corner of
39th and Fessenden, carefully noting the parking restrictions of 2 hours from
7AM - 8:30PM M-F. If this becomes a real problem, you may want to walk a shade faster.
Directly across the street, just head up the hill to the fence then
slightly to the right for what is, in my opinion, the high ground. There is a
path running around the perimeter for about a 10-12 minute walk if you also want
to check out the District's mulch pile and any other possible candidates.
There appears to be a very small area inside the fence that looks to be a few
inches higher than the 39th & Fessenden corner. However, with that said, if you
go back to the original documents for Fort Reno and for the reservoir (just
after the Civil War), it is clear that the entire hill has been modified at
least twice. Thus, the area inside the fence is almost certainly manmade and
the exact HP is good faith effort. If you really want to get inside, the local
Corps of Engineers office has oversight authority and are usually pretty good
about access if you beg nicely, although they are closed on weekends.
Anticipate the usual questions.
You may want to avoid this one when school is in session at Alice Deal JHS or at
Wilson HS if you intend to park in either of their lots. Walking from the Metro
is exactly as Dan Case described.