Ascent of Blue Hills on 2013-01-29

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Hills
    Elevation:1670 ft / 509 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very lucky day .... a drive up with a walk in a field.

We approached from the south starting at Lingleville, junction FM/8/FM219 (west of Stephenville), we drove northeast on FM219 for 5.41 miles to a left on CR403, 5.3 miles northwest we arrived at a sharp bend to the left, on the right is the large white gated "T RANCH ENTRANCE", we parked.

I went to the "call box" on the left side, signed "call the ranch foreman". We called a number of times without an answer, so we decided to wait around for a while hoping to have someone show up. After about 15 minutes the ranch foreman "Jeremy" drove down to answer the call ..... apparently the intercom only works one way.
He was aware of the HP and gave us immediate permission, telling us that someone was here a few years back for the same thing.
"Do you know where it is?"
"Yes I do, I have the coordinates."
"OK then, just follow me in, the gate will open and close automatically on your way out."
I thanked the exceptionally polite gentleman.

We followed him in through the gate, he sped away as we took our time enjoying the scenery (a very good gravel road). We stayed right at 1.6 miles, arriving at the high ground area at 4 miles from the gate. Good views are available on the drive up, grazing cattle all over, signed speed limit 30MPH.
The summit is a huge flat area with nothing obvious, mostly open grass lands with some woods.
I walked/gridded a 100 yard square area on both sides of the road, picking a spot at GPS 32.34509,-98.43557, 20 yards north of the road amid the tallest cedar trees. I called it good.

Summary Total Data
    Route:a drive up from CR403
    Trailhead:CR403  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack

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