No one I know has ever gone to the Washington, DC highpointing. Only fanatic hikers and summit collectors would spend their time such. Although Washington is full of small hills and knolls, nearly all of them are so built up with homes and businesses that few ever bother collecting them. However, being an avid peakbagger and state high point summiter, it was only natural of me to waste a morning in the American Rome to summit the highest natural point in the district, Reno Reservoir, a rather unimposing 415'. In fact the Washington Monument down on the National Mall is taller than the knoll, reaching 555'; the highest point in the city. Nonetheless, if you are interested in climbing all 51 of the state and district high points, Reno Point has to be on your list.
Elevation Gain: 100'
Location: Tenleytown District, DC, Fort Reno Park
The Hike: From Tenleytown Metro Station, head east of Albemarie St., then turn north on 40th Street, and follow it up to Fort Reno Park, replete with soccer, tennis and baseball facilities. Walk right up onto the highest natural ground you can find. Unfortunately, the highest section is on gated government property, so you will have to make due with the highest legal ground you can find- only about 5' short of the true high-point. Despite being the top of the town, the view is terrible with vistas only onto rows of houses and commercial buildings. Return the way you came.
Hiked 11/15/2015. Washington, DC
N.B. I have now climbed Mount Whitney, CA, Humphrey's Peak, AZ, Harney Peak, SD, and Point Reno, DC...only 47 left!
|Beginning the Ascent out of the subway.....|
|Highest natural, legal ground|