Ascent of Mount Bonnell on 2012-02-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, February 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Bonnell
    Elevation:780 ft / 237 m

Ascent Trip Report

A climb of 104 stone steps to an outstanding panorama.

From the intersection of Hwy #1/35th street, west of Austin's City center, we traveled west on 35th to a right on Mount Bonnell Road, .6 miles to the crest of the road and plenty of parking .... a wide stone staircase is to the left.

There are 2 Historical Plaques at the bottom of the stone the staircase with 104 steps that climbs to the popular "Covert Park on Mount Bonnell.
"Rising 775 feet above sea level, this limestone height was named for George W Bonnell, who came to Texas with others to fight for Texas Independence, 1836. ............."
"Mount Bonnell was part of a 54-acre tract of land owned by F M Covert Sr., a pioneer business man who gave the summit, to be known as "Covert Park" to the people of Travis County in 1939.

This summit (on a north-south limestone ridge) provide fabulous views of the Colorado River valley and the Austin's Skyline. The west side drops vertically to the Colorado River.

It is well worth the visit. We brought our lunch to the summit for an enjoyable lengthy stay, in spite the cool weather ... a super spot.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Total Elevation Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:stone staircase with 104 steps
    Start Trailhead:Mount Bonnell Road  700 ft / 213 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:stone staircase with 104 steps
    End Trailhead:Mount Bonnell Road  700 ft / 213 m

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