Ascent of Enchanted Rock on 2015-01-05

Climber: William Musser

Date:Monday, January 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Enchanted Rock
    Elevation:1825 ft / 556 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a frustrating week of Untied Airlines losing my luggage, I treated myself to a nice romp on my fourth major batholith formation. I have already climbed the granite plutons of Stone Mountain Georgia, Stone Mountain NC, and I would think that Looking Glass Rock in NC is one also by its shape. But this formation is my favorite to date. The reason being that it is not one solitary fommation but a series of granite domes back to back each with its own character. Also, some are more eroded than others and take on pinnacle shapes and fun scrambling opportunities that you do not see on say Stone Mountain GA. But more importantly, it is a granite with crazy large pink feldspar infused in the rock - large pegmatites of pink feldspar so the rock is very attractive as well.

I got there at noonish and found out that at 3PM the rangers would start to run folks off as hunting season was open for a week starting at 5PM so I had like only 3 hours to explore it all and I moved with purpose to get it all in. In all I covered just under 10 miles and 2500 feet of total vertical and climbed nearly every formation at least once. Since this is the big one, I climbed it three times from 3 different directions.

On my first decent of it, I chose the steep face between it and Little Rock where all the granite slabs are sliding down into the ravine. At some point the steepness was a bit uncomfortable and in later segments of this TR it became scrambling between boulders. I ran into a group of 3 young ladies that got themselves into an area they did not belong and helped them get down and easier way. They were heading into class 4 5 territory and there are plenty rock climbers in that area.

This will serve as my report for all 3 ascents of this formation. One quick note. Seeing it was almost 3 PM at the end of the day and after climbing all the formations at least once and some 2 to 3 times I wanted one more run up this formation. I made it up the east face in 6 minutes winded and tagged the summit for the third time at precisely 3PM. There was still many people cluttering up this summit. I used up all 3 hours!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:460 ft / 140 m
    Total Elevation Loss:350 ft / 105 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+ up and 2 an
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
44F in morning and 59F at end
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:460 ft / 140 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 415 ft / 127 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Summit Trail
    Start Trailhead:Upper Parking Lot  1410 ft / 429 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:305 ft / 92 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Smear granite and scramble rock fall
    End Trailhead:Echo Canyon near bathrooms  1520 ft / 463 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Enchanted Rock Traverse-Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 a460 ft / 140 m
2Little Rock2015-01-05 b220 ft / 67 m
3Little Rock-Point 17052015-01-05 c95 ft / 29 m
4Little Rock2015-01-05 d80 ft / 24 m
5Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 e265 ft / 81 m
6Turkey Peak2015-01-05 f140 ft / 43 m
7Turkey Peak2015-01-05 g100 ft / 30 m
8Freshman Mountain2015-01-05 h90 ft / 27 m
9Buzzards Roost2015-01-05 i230 ft / 70 m
10Turkey Peak2015-01-05 j330 ft / 101 m
11Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 k350 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 2360 ft / 719 m    Total Trip Loss: 2360 ft / 720 m

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