Ascent of Hart Mountain on 2013-02-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hart Mountain
    Elevation:648 ft / 197 m

Ascent Trip Report

A xcountry hike southeast bound from hwy #79 ..... 1.4 miles, 50 minutes RT

After visiting the Milam COHP (see its TR) I decided to climb this summit. From hwy intersection 79/77 (east of Rockdale) it is 5.6 miles east on 79 to Nat's Bar on north side of hwy. We parked on the east side of their parking lot, this was my TH. The HP is left of south at about .7 miles.

I walked south, across the hwy/over the RR Tracks/hopped a fence to a narrow strip of open grass field. I stayed south on this field (fence line on my left) for about 400 yards (passing through a small/open treed area) to a fence line heading east to the my left (south end of land to the east of my walking line).
I crawled under the fence and walked along the south side of the fence line heading east. At 250 yards came to a N-S fence line with a track on its east side. I hopped the fence and walked the track south 450 yards to a height-of-land and the HP to my right (west) at 15 yards ..... an outstanding erratic rock formation, requiring a 15 foot scramble to the top (slippery moss covered), my GPS 30.69139,-96.88781.
I sat on the rock to enjoy the moment, even though the weather was lousy (foggy with a light drizzle).

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:178 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:xcountry seb from hwy#79
    Trailhead:hwy 79 east of Rockdale  470 ft / 143 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds

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