Ascent of Yegua Benchmark on 2012-02-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, February 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Yegua Benchmark
    Elevation:762 ft / 232 m

Ascent Trip Report

A cross country and open bushwack to 3 different High Points ..... a few hours for the 3 summits.

We came to this area primarily for Yegua Benchmark, Lee CoHP, however PB lists 6 different High Points on this north-south ridge so the goal was to visit all 6 ..... we would only visit 3.

We left Austin City eastbound on Hwy #290 and traveled about 35 miles to the town of McDade and intersection #290/Waco Street, church on corner. We made a left, zeroed our mileage odo.
(0.00 M) we traveled north on Waco Street, crossing a set of RR Tracks.
(0.68 M) Left on Knobbs Road.
(1.12 M) Turned right and continued on Knobbs Road as it winds its way north.
(5.34 M) Turned right on PR3051, a dirt road.
(6.28 M) Arrived at a bend in the road to the left that goes to Yegua Benchmark. Straight ahead is an open gated road that enters private property and is signed "Blue Branch Wildlife Management Assoc". This road ends at .25 miles at a gated entrance to "Yegua Knobbs Preserve", this land is protected by "Pines and Prairies Land Trust, tel. 512-308-1911".

YEGUA BENCHMARK .... a short northbound walk .... 600 yards, less than 20 minutes RT.
PB lists 2 Candidate High Point Areas for this County, however I found that the second Candidate Area and the following "Second Yegua Knob" are one of the same. What follows is the details for Area 1.
From my odo (10.1 M) above we turned left and continued .18 miles where the dirt road bends right and goes another .37 miles to its dead-end at a gated entrance to the left. The HP is about 300 yards to the north beyond a Log House.
Every entrance on this stretch of road was gated except for the entrance at the .18 mile bend, so I inquired at the house. The lady said that the HP belongs to the Log House and the owner David Glass doesn't live here, is only here on occasions.
"My husband has his phone number and he's not here now."
With this information I decided to up to the house.
I crawled under the open fence and walked north 150 yards to the Log House, friendly sign on the door "Howdy Y'all", no one around.
I continued to the rear of the property at 100 yards and found a solid fence, evidence that the HP does not belong to the Log house.
I hopped over the fence and climbed steeply in open woods 50 yards to the obvious summit.
The BM was under a pile of rocks "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Triangulation Station, Yegua, 1935".
If in fact this HP does not belong to the Log House, a legal northern route should be explored. From here we went to the Second Yegua Knob.

SECOND YEGUA KNOB ...... 300 yards, 15 minutes RT.
From the "Yegua Knobb Preserve" TH noted above I hopped over the gate and walked north 150 yards to the beautiful fairly-open Knob. I chose my spot at GPS 30.33761,-97.19234, to one side is a fire pit.

THIRD YEGUA KNOB ..... 400 yards, 20 minute RT.
From the same "Yegua Knobb Preserve" TH per above, I walked the track south along the broken-down fence, 100 yards to a height-of-land where I turned right and and ascended steeply another 100 yards to the summit ..... surprised to find the whole area under construction (all bulldozed clean, under ground services and a house about 100 yards to the south).
As I was leaving, after checking out the area, a pick up truck drove up from the house. Tim Speck(?) the owner was very nice but not pleased that I came here without his permission.
I apologized and told him that didn't know there was a house here. He told me he has recently built here, owns 450 acres and his driveway is just before my TH on the right.
He preferred that I don't go to the other summits to the south.
Tim appears to be a nice guy so I have the feeling that he would permit access if asked first. My opinion is that this whole area will be gated in the near future, just like the rest of the properties.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:82 ft / 24 m
    Total Elevation Loss:82 ft / 24 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:82 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:cross country/bushwack nb
    Start Trailhead:PR3051  680 ft / 207 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:82 ft / 24 m
    Route:cross country/bushwack nb
    End Trailhead:PR3051  680 ft / 207 m

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