Upshur County High Point Trip Report
Date: February 8, 2004
Upshur County has three areas listed in Andy Martin's book, all within a few
miles of Gilmer, Texas. The county was completed in the company of Dave Olson
and thanks to his having previously visited one of the areas we were able to
finish it after the sun had set. We have discounted Area One as a possible
candidate for the highest point in the county and it need not be visited.
Area one: From U.S. Highway 271 in Gilmer, head east on Highway 154 for 1.5
miles to just over the crest of the hill. Turn left at "Sloons" and the road
signed PR2014. Continue up to the top of Simpson Hill where there is a
communications facility. About 200 yards to the south the topo shows a
"reservoir" surrounded by several closed contours. The "reservoir" is indeed
there but when looking back, the communications site is obviously higher.
One or two of the map "reservoir" contours could be "depression" rings. A few days
after our visit we noted the topo map shows the elevation of the communications
facility as being no higher than 630 feet, at least 50 feet lower than the other two areas.
Area two: From U.S. Highway 271 in Gilmer, head west on Highway 154 for 1.2 miles.
Turn southwest on Highway 554 (also labeled on various maps as Highway 49)
and continue for one mile to a side road turning due south. Follow this
road for approximately 1.2 miles to where it makes a second ninety-degree turn
to the west. There's not much room for parking but we jammed the car up the
side of a chained access road. We spoke with the owner of the property across
the road (he happened to be driving by) and he indicated Underwood Mountain is
privately owned but we saw no signs denying access. We climbed to the northern
point of the north/south ridge of the "mountain" and followed a path to the higher,
southern point. An easier route would be to follow the pipeline right-
of-way heading southeast from the parking spot and locate a ATV track leading
more directly to the top of Underwood than the route we took.
Area three: From Underwood Mountain return to Highway 554. Continue west on
554 passing through the hamlets of Enoch, Summerfield, and Latch, as shown on
the topos. From Latch leave Highway 554 and follow the side road heading
directly west. In approximately one mile there's a dirt road leading south up
the hill to the third area. The road is gated near the bottom but there's ample
room for parking and continuing on foot. We stopped at a nearby home to ask
permission before going up.
Author: Bill Jacobs