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Ascent of Turkey Hill Wilderness High Point on 2018-10-12

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, October 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Turkey Hill Wilderness High Point
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:362 ft / 110 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pulled off onto a small unnamed road that turns east off of TX 147 (Map says Forest Rd 348 but I didn't see a sign). My initial plan was to drive in as close as possible if a road were present but I only made it to the first creek crossing where a "Road Closed" sign and a washed out culvert marked my stopping point. Parked the vehicle at this location (31.38674, 094.20943) and began walking in along the old 2 track roadway. From where I parked, there are a total of three culverts washed out along the old road to the HP. You can easily walk down off the elevated road bed and step over the streams then walk back up and pick up the 2 track again.

The first approx. 0.25 mile is a slight incline, then the road begins to drop as it turns southward until about the third washed out culvert. After that you'll be on a slight incline up to the HP. Once you get close to the HP you'll have to bushwhack a few hundred feet to the northwest to reach the HP. The final bushwhack is pretty much in low growing wild grape vines and other "trippy" veg with a scattering of sand nettle here and there. Overall trek out was 1.1 miles one way with the most challenging part being the spider webs that criss-cross the old roadway from beginning to end, providing a fantastically stimulating contortionist workout you won't soon forget. My last of two Wilderness HPs for the day... now back to Baton Rouge.


10/13/18 Follow-up: Beware Chiggers!!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Remnant 2 Track/Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:FR 348/First Washout Culvert  272 ft / 82 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Bushwhack/Remnant 2 Track
    End Trailhead:FR 348/First Washout Culvert  272 ft / 82 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: EasTex Wilderness 2018

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Sand Hill2018-10-12 a43 ft / 13 m
2Turkey Hill Wilderness High Point2018-10-12 b90 ft / 27 m
Total Trip Gain: 133 ft / 40 m    Total Trip Loss: 133 ft / 40 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kreg Ellzey
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